Hunnemannia - Mexican Tulip Poppy - Knowledgebase Question

San Gabriel, CA
Question by rogerlipps
May 15, 2000
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?


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Answer from NGA
May 15, 2000

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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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