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Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird', early June. "A dazzling poppy that is easy to grow. Decorated throughout with fine hairs, it has blue-green dissected leaves and sinewy stems, crooked at the neck, dangling fat buds that straighten upright before splitting open, unfurling thin, silky, cupped flowers of rich pillar-box red. Each petal is highlighted at its base with a distinct broad black blotch. Direct sow outside in spring or into pots in October, prick out when young, overwinter under glass and plant out the following year." [Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter, Gardens Illustrated magazine, May 2013]