Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird' / Caucasian Scarlet Poppy / Seeds

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Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird' / Caucasian Scarlet Poppy / Seeds

The Caucasian Scarlet Poppy is an upright plant with brilliant red flowers in summer, typically from June to August.  The flowers have black markings that resemble a ladybird beetle, hence the name.  Plants grow to a height of 30-50cm and look best grown in profusion in a meadow, wildflower garden and open borders.   

This is a hardy annual plant which should be sown directly into cultivated ground in autumn and/or spring through to early summer.  Several sowings at different times will give a longer display of flowers, with plants flowering about two months after germination in spring.  Poppies flower best in full sun and will tolerate most soil types except heavy clay. 

Best not to sow in seed trays, unless you sow in plug trays, as the roots donít like disturbance and they may not establish well after transplanting. 

Pack of approx 2000 small seeds.  Sow in autumn and/or spring to early summer.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet. Easy to grow.  

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Hardiness Hardy annual (RHS Hardiness H5)
Flowers June to August
Height 30 - 50cm
Spread 10 - 15cm
Conditions  Full sun and all but waterlogged soil

Sow the seeds in spring and/or autumn directly into cultivated soil.  Water gently.  Germination takes 10-14 days when there is enough light and warmth.  Sowing at different times will give a longer display of flowers.  Or sow in plug trays of seed compost, being careful to avoid root disturbance when transplanting young plants into the garden. 


Plants grow, flower and then die in the same year.  Once established, plants need little care and attention.  The plants form attractive seedheads after flowering, which look good on plants over winter.  Plants self seed in the right conditions.