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Argemone mexicana (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Argemone mexicana (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Zone
Zones 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 7-43, H1, H2
Full Sun
Full
Minimal Water
Minimal

Argemone mexicana

Mexican Poppy
Papaveraceae
Annuals

ARGEMONE

Native to central and North America. Prickly-leafed and prickly-stemmed plants to 3 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft. wide, with large, showy poppies that bloom mainly in summer. Easy to grow from seeds sown in place or in containers (transplant gently). Will reseed and colonize. Provide good drainage. Seed specialists may offer other species.

Argemone mexicana

Annual, native to the West Indies and probably Central America and Florida; naturalized in the Southwest and Hawaii. Yellow to orange, 1 1/2–2 1/2-in. flowers. ‘Yellow Lustre’ grows to 1 1/2–2 ft. tall, has lemony orange blooms and blue-green leaves veined in silver.

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