The Papaver rhoeas variously known (amongst other names) as Common Poppy, Field Poppy and Corn Poppy. It is described as an arable weed due to its associations with cornfields although the use of herbicides has meant that the poppy is no longer as widespread as it used to be. I found it interesting to discover, however, that the seeds can lie dormant for around 80 years, ensuring the poppy’s success! Whenever ground is disturbed, there is a chance that very old poppy seeds will germinate. They are also considered annual or biennial plants as they can germinate in Autumn after fields have been disturbed.
When its flowers are fully opened, they only last a day, meaning one plant can have flowers, seed heads and buds all at the same time.
I photographed this patch along a field edge between crops, where they are catching the early evening sun. Although it had been a bright and warm day, it was very breezy, which can be seen in the shape of the petals as they are being blown around.
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