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Red Corn Poppy/Flanders Poppy
Papaver rhoeas (Papveraceae)

A hardy annual native to Europe, which has naturalized throughout the United States. The large 2-4 inch blooms are fire engine-red vividly marked with purplish-black centers individually borne on erect hairy stems. The foliage remains inconspicuous allowing the flower to express its full beauty. Prefers well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Performs best if sown in late fall in the southern regions of the U.S or in early spring in the northern regions of the U.S. An outstanding spring favorite.

Average planting success with this species: 80%
Height: 2-2 1/2 feet
Germination: 10-30 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 60-70F
Sowing depth: Surface Sow
Blooming period: March-July
Average seeds per pound: 3,200,000
Seeding rate: 2 lbs. per acre
Suggested use: Flower gardens, roadsides, meadows, mixtures, cut flowers.
Miscellaneous: State Highway Departments throughout the nation have begun planting Red Corn Poppies along their roadsides for motorists to enjoy. Truly spectacular when heavily seeded in an isolated area. Does not transplant well.