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Caucasian Scarlet Poppy

Papaver commutatum

Also known as

Dark-Spotted Poppy

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Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

10cm

10cm

Min

1cm

1 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Caucasian Scarlet Poppy Overview

Papaver commutatum is an annual species commonly known by the names Caucasian scarlet poppy and dark-spotted poppy. It produces pinnately divided, lobed, hairy foliage up to 15cm long and bright red flowers which measure around 7cm wide. Flowers have 4 red petals with black spots near the centre, by the base, very similar to the cultivar Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird'. It has an upright growth habit, forming clumps and typically grows to around 40cm tall. It is hardy to -15 degrees Celsius and grows best in full sunlight and well-draining soil. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Caucasian Scarlet Poppy

How to propagate Caucasian Scarlet Poppy

Seed

Sow seed in spring.

Special features of Caucasian Scarlet Poppy

Attractive flowers

Flowers to Sow Outside in October

Direct sow these during October where you want them to flower next year!

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