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Set B2 - Wild Flowers - card information

43. Field Poppy
(Papaver rhoeas L.)

43. Field Poppy

Since the introduction of selective weedkillers the spectacle of a field of poppies amongst the corn is becoming less common. The red poppy is an annual, with slender bristly stems containing a milky juice. The leaves, also very bristly, are divided into narrow segments. Each flower with four large fragile petals, is on a separate long stalk. The small brown seeds are contained in a distinctively shaped capsule.