Caucasian scarlet poppy

Papaver commutatum | Also known as: Dark-spotted poppy | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

A tender, erect-growing annual, papaver commutatum looks just like a typical poppy, except for the obvious black spots on its petals. Its grey-green foliage is severely divided, giving its leaves a ragged appearance. Its vivid crimson, bowl-shaped flowers emerge in summer, but the black spots on the base of each of its four crinkled petals are impossible to miss. These blossoms give way to large, spherical seedpods. Commonly known as the Caucasian scarlet poppy, it is a superb addition to any pastoral-themed garden where wildflowers are prominent. It thrives in well-drained fertile soil in full sun. A vigorous self-seeder, pruning or dead-heading can contain its spread.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.1
Dominant flower colour
  • Red
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Tall
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Annuals
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fast growing
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Roses & classics
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • Less than one year
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