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rhian811rhian811 Posts: 7
Can anyone help identify this giant thing that has sprung up in my rewilded (through sheer neglect) flower bed? It looks really cool, but also like it could take over the world sometime soon!!
thanks in advance :)


  • Loraine3Loraine3 Posts: 558
    Opium Poppy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,735
    Loraine3 said:
    Opium Poppy.
    Agree ... aka Papaver somniferum ... great selfseeders and pop up all over the place. 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,082
    Lovely plant! It will die after it's flowered and set seed, so if you want more, collect the seed pods when they're ripe and scatter the seed around where you want them next year.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • rhian811rhian811 Posts: 7
    Awesome thanks so much. I nearly pulled it up when it was just a leafy tower but I’m glad I didn’t! Xx
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,258
    The seed head will rattle, and the top of it develops little holes.
    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,615
    The seedhead changes from green to brown and the top kind of separates leaving little holes all the way round, as soon as those holes are open the seeds are ready, pick the whole seedhead and shake out the seeds.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    A lot of them appearing this year judging by the number of recent posts.  Perhaps the 'aliens' are planting these instead of caper spurge, which was appearing everywhere last year?!  :D
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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