Also known as Devil’s Fig and Argemony,
this species is the most usually grown in flower
gardens and is a native of Mexico.
Best treated as a half-hardy annual, although
in its native habitat it is perennial.
The foliage is poppy-like and hairy, almost thorny,
and has conspicuous white veins. The flowers are
four inches across, creamy-white in colour, with
a central bunch of orange-yellow stamens; var.
lutea is an attractive yellow-flowered form, and
both reach a height of two to three feet.
One of the most attractive plants of its class,
this poppy is best raised from seed sown in a
warm frame, the seedlings pricked off and planted
in a sunny situation, in well-drained soil and
in association with the choicest denizens of the
annual or perennial border.
Propagation is from seed.
The flowering period is from midsummer, continuously
See also Argemone