21st September 2015

Yellow Horned Poppy– the shingle and sand beaches of the south-east coast are the most likely place to see this lovely Poppy, flowering from June to September. The least likely coasts are those in the north-east or in Scotland. The name derives from the long (up to 30cm), curved seed pods that resemble horns. Its’ common names- Bruiseroot and Squatmore refer to the belief that it could help heal bruising, squat being another name for bruise, apparently. If crushed, this plant, with its beautiful glaucous leaves, oozes a yellow fluid which is poisonous. Conditions: Cloud turning into solid rain. Temperature: Max 16- Min 10c.

Yellow Horned Poppy, with its glaucous leaves and long, curved seed-pods

Yellow Horned Poppy, with its glaucous leaves and long, curved seed-pods

Typical habitat for Yellow Horned Poppy- shingle beach at Bexhill

Typical habitat for Yellow Horned Poppy- shingle beach at Bexhill

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