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Poppy, Field

Culinary & Medicinal Herb Seeds

We carry a diverse variety of herb seeds, including culinary herbs, medicinals, ethnobotanicals, native plants of the PNW, and nectar and pollen rich flowers attractive to bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. All varieties are open pollinated, we do not sell hybrid seeds. Average seed life is 3 years. Please allow 1-2 weeks for shipping.

Poppy, Field

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Poppy, Field


(Papaver rhoeas)


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Common Names
Field Poppy, Corn Poppy, Flander's Poppy

Botanical Name
Papaver rhoeas

Plant Family
Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)

Life Cycle

Native Range
Europe, Asia, Africa.

Hardiness Zone
Zones 2-11. They are hardy to zone 5 for fall sowing (but can be grown in all zones as an annual)

With their crinkled and satiny, slightly-orange, red petals these poppies let off a luminous glow in the summer sun. Field Poppies are fast growing annuals that reach about 2ft high and 6 inches wide.

Full sun with moist, well-drained soil.

The seeds can be scattered on the ground in the fall or early spring, or started in flats in the spring and transplanted out.

Field Poppies need little care and if left to go to seed in your garden it will naturize and you can be sure to have a many seedlings return each year on their own.

The petals can be gathered as they open during the summer months. The seeds can be gathered once the seed heads have turned brown and the seeds are ripe, dark, and hard.

Culinary Uses
Besides being incredibly gorgeous, the poppies are also used as both a food and a medicine. The seeds are the edible part and don't contain any of the medicinal alkaloids. They are used, just as other poppy seeds, in baking to add a unique nutty flavour to breads and cakes. The leaves can also be cooked as a green in a similar way as spinach (but I can't say I've tried this!).

Medicinal Uses
The petals of Field Poppy contain medicinal alkaloids, notably rhoeadine, and can be gathered and dried for tea, made into a syrup, or tinctured in alcohol. The petals lend a deep mysterious purple plum colour to the preparations. They can be used as a mild pain reliever and sedative (think opium poppy but milder and much less narcotic). Gentle and calming to the nervous system, Field Poppy is helpful to treat over-activity and nervousness in children. Also useful for calming coughs.

Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Apothecary Garden, Container Garden, Low Maintenance.