Caucasian Scarlet Poppy

Papaver commutatum

Caucasian Scarlet Poppy - Papaver commutatum

Common Name: Caucasian Scarlet Poppy
Genus: Papaver
Species: commutatum

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.15 m (15 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Black, Red
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

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 on their upright stems and as the petals drop it becomes a vivid carpet. Ideal for a sunny wild flower garden or meadow where it will self-seed freely.

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.

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