Papaver rhoeas

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Umbrian

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Papaver rhoeas
« on: May 29, 2012, 06:46:31 AM »
Papaver rhoeas, the commomn red poppy, is particularly prolific this year in my part of Italy with fields and roadside verges ablaze making any trip out a real pleasure. I leave a lot on the garden too in many areas and yesterday noticed the one in the photo below. The petals are a very pale pink with a slightly darker area at the base . Is this just a common aberration?
MGS member living and gardening in Umbria, Italy for past 19 years. Recently moved from my original house and now planning and planting a new small garden.

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Re: Papaver rhoeas
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 12:24:12 PM »
Are you sure it is not Papaver dubium? They are normally red or white, but occasionally they  have pale pink petals (with or without a dark patch at the base).
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2012, 06:05:29 AM »
Definitely Papaver rhoeas JTh and daily inspection of plant has revealed it is suffering from some kind of distress! Subsequent flowers have been distorted/failed to open properly/had half red, half colourless petals etc. The first one was so perfect and unusual that I really thought it was something different. C
MGS member living and gardening in Umbria, Italy for past 19 years. Recently moved from my original house and now planning and planting a new small garden.

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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2016, 02:43:37 PM »
We tried a couple of different varieties of field poppy this year:
American Legion, bright red with a white cross in the centre;
Mother-of-Pearl,pale colours, these are white and grey ones,
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Fermi

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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2018, 04:32:41 AM »
In November last year a second generation of the poppies came up  including a plain red and a pale orange (no pics of the latter, sorry) but also some that were similar to 'American Legion' and one like 'Mother-of-pearl',
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Mr F de Sousa, Central Victoria, Australia
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working as a physio to support my gardening habit!

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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2018, 02:51:46 AM »
Don't know about the rest of the world but here in Rome the weather has been so mild recently that lots of poppies are in flower. I don't recall having seen them so early in the 20 years that I have been here but maybe my memory is playing tricks?
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2018, 10:29:07 AM »
How lovely they all look.  We are waiting for ours to open up.  I sprinkled last year's seeds everywhere.  Some very near the gate so passers- by will see them too.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.