The field poppy (Papaver rhoeas) is also known as corn, common or Flanders poppy.


This iconic scarlet wildflower has long been sown to remember those we have lost. A bee-friendly annual species.

A symbol of remembrance
Soldier poet John McCrae wrote the poem 'In Flanders Fields' in 1915, after losing a friend in Ypres and seeing poppies growing across the battle-scarred fields. Poppies have been sown to remember lost loved ones ever since.
How to grow field poppies


Sow March-April for summer flowers, or September-October for flowers the following spring.


Choose a flat, sunny spot. Clear any weeds, dig over the soil, break up any large lumps and rake the soil flat.


Then scatter your seeds, pressing or raking them in gently. Poppy seeds are tiny. To help you sow them as evenly as possible, try mixing them with completely dry sand (damp sand won't work!).


No need to cover with earth or compost. Just water regularly.

How to order

If you'd like to buy just one or two packets of our field poppy seeds, please visit our online shop.


If you'd like to buy 50 or more packets - with or without accompanying postcards - we offer good bulk discounts. Drop us a line at and we can give you a custom quotation for your project.


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Cover photo: Harebells on the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Photo by David Wheater