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Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Annual/Biennial

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Black and Red in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

poppy 'Ladybird'

Family

Papaveraceae


Papaver can be annuals, biennials or herbaceous perennials with simple or pinnately divided leaves and short-lived, saucer-shaped, 4-petalled flowers which may be solitary or in racemes

'Ladybird' is an upright annual with oblong, regularly lobed leaves and brilliant crimson flowers 8cm across, with a large black spot near the base of each petal

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, deep, fertile soil in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Neutral, Acid or Alkaline
  • Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Wildflower meadow


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by aphids

Diseases

May be subject to Verticillium wilt and a downy mildew