Name: Common Poppy
Scientific name: Papaver rhoeas
Nature Stars: 30
About: A common 'weed' in crop fields and on waste ground, when entire fields can look red from a distance. A tall plant, growing up to 80cm tall. Flowers in mid summer through to the early autumn.
How to identify: With their big red flowers, poppies are one of the most familiar of wild flowers. There are seven very similar species, which are hard to tell apart.
Where: Found in England and lowland parts of Wales and Scotland.
Fantastic fact: The poppy fields in the Wizard of Oz send people to sleep forever.
Photograph credit: Helen Freeston