Papaver commutatum. The original Flanders poppy. 'Ladybird' is the British term for ladybug and an appropriate description of these poppies. Stunning, shiny single blooms of bright crimson with a black blotch. Showy 3 inch flowers on long wiry stems. Height 18 inches. Approximately 3500 seeds/pkg.
Start inside 4-6 weeks before last frost in peat pots. Cover seed lightly and provide darkness. Poppies dislike transplanting, best direct seeded once the soil warms up to 21 degrees C. To plant, cover seed with 1⁄8 inches soil. Transplant or thin plants to 10-12 inches apart in a full sun location.
Do not over water or fertilize. Deadhead regularly. Poppies make good cut flowers if you singe the cut ends with a candle flame to stop the flow of sap. Self seeds freely.