Field Poppies

By William T. Hathaway

Field Poppies

In late May and July there is a flash of light scarlet color that may catch our eye. Most often this visual treat emanates from cultivated fields that provide a background of luscious green. No other local wildflower can likely compete with the Field Poppy in such a display.

The Field Poppy or “Corn Poppy” (Papaver dubium) is naturalized from Europe and is widely scattered in various locations within Pittsylvania County. It should not be mistakenly identified as a color variety of the white or purple Opium Poppy which provides a sleep-bringing drug.



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