Field Poppy is a
annual plant of the UK, typically found growing in cropland and open ground, to a mature height of up to 60cm.
The Field Poppy takes its name from its traditional prevalence amongst untreated cropland. With the modern use of herbicides, however, the plant is usually restricted to field margins, roadsides and waste ground. Field Poppy is sometimes known as the 'Flanders Poppy' after the name of the First World War battlefield in which so many tragically lost their lives. The poppy flourished on the bombed fields and so was later adopted as a symbol of remembrance for the fallen victims of war.
Botanic classification and naming: Field Poppy is a member of the Poppy (Papaveraceae) family. The genus name
'Papaver' identifies the plant as a Poppy and its species name 'rhoeas' means 'red'.
Concerns: Field Poppy is a toxic plant, especially for horses and livestock.