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Papaver orientale 'Ladybird'

Oriental poppy

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (57255)

Plant details

Oriental poppies are one of the most flamboyant performers for early summer. Their huge silky flowers last for several days. As the petals fall, the beautiful seed head is revealed. 'Ladybird' is a short, sturdy variety that needs less staking than other varieties. It produces large, deep red flowers which are guaranteed to set your heart racing. Like all oriental poppies, the plant tends to collapse into an untidy heap after flowering. To avoid this, cut it back to ground level after the last flower fades. It will soon sprout fresh, green leaves. It is best not to move plants as any scrap of root left in the soil will quickly growinto a new plant, making it difficult to eradicate.

Family: Papaveraceae

Genus: Papaver

Species: orientale

Cultivar: Ladybird

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 55cm

Spread: 55cm

Time to prune: June to July

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