I started watching this plant last year when it appeared in my yard. The
basal leaves hugged the ground and I mowed around it. It never grew but
it never died, staying green this past winter. It started growing this
year and I've been watching the buds (it has several.) This morning it
bloomed and what a surprise - the petals look papery and the leaves are
bristle like. The flower looks like a tulip but the foliage doesn't look
like any tulip I've seen (or planted.)
It looks like red poppy "... papaver rhoeas
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Looks like a poppy to me too. I've got some bright lemon yellow
growing that a friend gave me, so I know the color can vary.
Mine stay in a tight mound, either perennial or so successful
at self-seeding as to make no difference.
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The others who have responded to your plant ID question here, are
correct - It's a poppy. When I was a kid, my mother grew loads of that
type of poppies. I never knew the "official" poppy name like the other
posters gave you. They are much larger and the plants are larger, than
most poppies that we see. The blooms are usually about 4 - 5" across.
I remember not seeing any of those poppies for several decades, and
then about 3 years ago, I bought some wildflower seeds and put them out
in in a section of my yard, and one of those poppies came up. I was so
delighted to see it. I tried to successfully collect the seeds, and
replant - but I failed.
I'm glad to see the other posters post the "official" name of them. .
.Perhaps I can locate some seeds on the internet.
Yes. it's in a good spot. I'm turning the yard into paths and filling it
in with annuals (zinnia's and sunflowers to sell) and perennials
(daffodils, tulips, St johns Wort, Echinacea, Milkweed, Cinquefoil and
trees.) So it fits right in. :)
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