E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Papaver rhoeas L.
corn poppy
Papaveraceae (Fumitory family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a short taproot; stems erect, simple or more usually branched, spreading stiff-hairy, 30-70 cm tall.
Basal leaves few, oblanceolate, divided into 3-4 pairs of primary lateral lobes which are again divided, short-stalked, stiff-hairy, 8-15 cm long; stem leaves similar, not much reduced above.
Inflorescence of solitary, terminal, erect flowers; buds erect; flower stalks spreading stiff-hairy; petals 4, white, orange, pink or red, usually with a dark basal spot, 1.5-3.5 cm long.
Capsules, top-like to nearly round, smooth, obscurely ribbed, 1.5-2 cm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry waste places in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from Vancouver and Victoria; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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