PAPAVER ORIENTALE 'LADYBIRD'
Large deep red flowers with black blotches on the bases of the petals, open at the ends of quite short hairy stems. This makes a very perennial and hardy clump which does not spread too far.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:Oriental Poppy