Papaver commutatum

laucasian scarlet poppy / ladybird poppy

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Buy Papaver commutatum laucasian scarlet poppy / ladybird poppy: Ladybird red petals with a black blotch

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well-drained, preferably poor soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Hardiness: hardy annual

    The upright stems carrying the flower buds snake up from amongst softly hairy grey-green foliage in summer and split open to reveal deep red petals, each with a black spot at its base. These vibrant flowers form big bowls of colour, and as the petals drop, the ground beneath becomes a vivid carpet.

  • Garden care:They tend to resent root disturbance, so sow shallowly, directly into a well prepared bed in spring and water well. As the seedlings develop, thin them out to 30cm intervals keeping just the healthiest and most robust plants. When watering, give the plants a really thorough soak when the soil gets dry, rather than a little water every day. Dead-heading will prolong the flowering period, but at the end of the season you should let some seed heads to develop for next years crop.

  • Sow: March-May

  • Flowering: June-August

  • Approximate quantity: 500 seeds.

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stunning in borders


I have had borders full of these for years by keeping the seed each year. Misplaced collected seed this year so very relieved Crocus could efficiently as always provide new plants to start again with. Great service as always.




Good germination. Lovely plants.


Planted in trays and then transplanted out. Good germination. Delicate but striking plants.




Pretty little poppy


As a rule I am not too keen on the single poppy but this little one is a gem. It has some black bars and spots on the red and is very attractive. I planted mid border and they looked splendid. This plant has seeded over the summer and I planted some of these in a pot for my patio. So far they are looking healthy for flowering this year. These poppies tend to bloom only for a few weeks in late spring/early summer but have tended to flower here again after the strong heat of the summer had left. Not too fussy where and how planted. If in doubt, simply follow the excellent planting instructions that are included.

The Gnome




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How do I develop Seeds from the heads.


Hello, You don't really need to do anything as the plant will do it all for you. If however you want to collect the seed and sow it somewhere else in the garden, then you need to keep a close eye on the seedheads. As they turn brown and start to rattle when you shake them, you can either snip them off and pop them in a paper bag where the seed will fall out, or (if you want to keep the seedhead in the border) just shake the seeds from the pod into the bag. If you are happy for them to self-seed around the existing ones, then just give the seedheads a shake every now and then as you pass by.


i have bought the seeds in january/. where should i plant the seeds. is it in small pots in house sun facing till March?


Hello there It is best to sow these seeds shallowly, directly into a well prepared bed in spring, between March to May. Hope this helps.

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