Is there a more evocative sight than a field of poppies blooming in mid-summer?
Of our five native (archaeophyte) true poppies, the Common Poppy is the one we come across most frequently. This year has been a good one for the species, with spectacular shows in some parts of Wiltshire.
It has smooth capsules that are only slightly longer than wide, distinguishing it from the Long-headed Poppy P. dubium
and Yellow-juiced Poppy P. lecoqi. The two other native poppies are much scarcer and both have bristly capsules.