Papaver rhoeas

A welcome to a new BPotD photo contributor, lady4green@Flickr, who I think photographs somewhere in eastern or central Europe. Thank you! Today’s image was submitted via the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool.

Only a short entry today, as I’m between catching up from the extended weekend and preparing for the week. Papaver rhoeas (corn poppy, among its many names) and a few blue-flowered Centaurea cyanus (cornflower or bachelor’s button) constitute the flowers in this photograph of a meadow landscape.

Papaver rhoeas

9 responses to “Papaver rhoeas”

  1. annie morgan

    Poppies. So good to see some nice ordinary flowers for a change!

  2. Steve

    Here, in England, poppies are an arable weed although some of the best displays are seen on land disturbed for building. Because of modern herbicides, there are a lot less than when I was a boy & farmers have never really liked them in the corn fields. There is a poem by James Stephens, (In The Poppy Field – James…/in-the-poppy-field) that puts the differing views.

  3. Peony Fan

    Lovely! Last year I sowed a packet of these and one plant came up with double flowers in the same vivid scarlet.

  4. Connie Hoge

    Beautiful! Thank you, and to Lady4green- welcome!

  5. Elisabeth Brackney

    This brings memories of growning up in rural Austria, where it was common to see these two species (as well as Leucanthemum vulgare) scattered on the edges of the rye (= “Korn”) fields. It was such a pretty combination of colors and textures.

  6. Melissa in South Carolina

    We’re a bit limited as to which poppies will grow in eastern South Carolina, so nothing ordinary about them for me! I love Icelandic poppies, but just look at pretty pictures instead of trying to grow them anymore. Lovely meadow, Daniel and lady4green!

  7. elizabeth a airhart

    i just simply like poppies all colors and single and doubles etc
    i used to stand on a corners in nj long time ago helping my mother
    selling red crepe paper poppies on veterns day for the american legion made by the veterns in the hosoitals
    then the wizard of oz american film with judy garland
    and her red shoes and her three friends on the way to oz
    comeing upon the fields of poppies thank you all

  8. Mirdza

    Poppies and bachelor buttons are two of my favorite flowers. The colors complement each other so vividly.
    When we lived in New Orleans we always planted Iceland Poppies in the early spring. They did well despite out humid and hot climate.
    We brought back poppy seeds from Provence one year and they bloomed in our garden the next spring. The scarlet colors were dazzling next to the Bachelor Buttons we always have.
    I don’t know why farmers don’t like them. Could it be they are toxic to the cattle? I learned that larkspur are poisonous to cattle.
    Thank you Lady4Green for the lovely photo! Flower filled meadows are so beautiful.

  9. Jan Phillips

    Annuals in arable fields have long been called weeds in the UK and some of our best ones, such as the corn cockle (sorry, don’t have the scientific name to hand) have become really rare as a result of farmers preventing ‘weed’ growth.
    I guess like any weed, they compete with the crop , affect yields and contanimate the harvest with their own seeds that can’t be removed.
    An annual hay meadow is a beautiful thing to behold and heaving with insects. Our agricultural support and compliance schemes allow for deliberately sowing wild flower seed in various annual and perennial configurations in places where they can do some good and many public countryside (and urban) sites do this deliberately too.

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