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Argemone mexicana

Mexican poppy

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to September
  • Height0.4m to 1m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.4m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourYellowish
  • Leaf ColourGrey green

Description

Argemone mexicana (Mexican poppy). This species is an upright annual and can be found on waste ground. The leaves are prickly and grey-green. The flowers are yellow and fragrant poppy-like and will bloom in the summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Fragrant

Other common names

Devil's poppy, Prickly poppy

Origin

S. U.S.A & C. America

Interest and use

Whole plant is poisonous if eaten.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Sandy, Poor quality, Chalky

Cultivation

They are fully to half hardy. Grow them in sun and very well drained soil. Do not provide supports as that may damage the rather fleshy stems. You should dead-head the plants, this will prolong the flowering.

Propagation

Propagation is by seeds that are sown outdoors in late spring.

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