The Q&A Archives: Hunnemannia - Mexican Tulip Poppy

Question: Purchased seeds for Hunnemannia (Mexican Tulip Poppy) at Buchart Gardens in Victoria, BC and found them to be very prolific here in Southern Calif. I have difficulty finding more information about them. Can you help? They look a lot like California Poppies (only bright yellow) and have a much longer life cycle?

Answer: Hunnemannia fumariifolia, the Mexican Tulip Poppy, grows to 36" high and plants should be spaced 10" apart. This herbaceous plant is originally from Mexico. It grows 2 to 3 feet high and has blue-green, finely dissected leaves. Its flowers resemble poppies and grow 2 to 3 inches across; they are bright yellow. In mild climates, this plant can be grown as a perennial outside.

They will thrive in full sunshine, in well-drained sandy soil that is moist to dry.

Seeds may be started indoors in a temperature of 70 to 75 degrees, 8 to 12 weeks before its safe to plant outdoors. Seeds may also be sown outdoors where they are to grow when the soil is warm.

Enjoy your new plants!

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