Height 1.8m (6ft)
Height: 60cm (2ft)
Planting distance: 30cm (1ft)
Soil: light, dry
The prickly poppy (Argemone mexicana) from Central America has majesticin a range of yellows and oranges from early to late summer. Their sweet scent attracts bees and other insects. (Warning: the plant and its are .)
The flowers, up to 10cm (4in) across, are carried 60cm (2ft) above the ground on sprawling, prickly. The thistle-like are grey-blue.
Grow prickly poppies in informal planting schemes in borders, preferably where they can be allowed to self-.
Prickly poppies grow best in light, dry soil in a sunny border. Sow directly in the flowering site in mid spring, and thin out to 30cm (1ft) apart when theare large enough to handle.
Staking is not a good idea as it may damage the spindly. Deadhead regularly to encourage a longer flowering season.
For flowers in early summer,seeds in trays under glass in early spring. Keep them at 18°C (64°F). Prick out the into small , harden off and plant out in late spring.
Pests and diseases: Trouble free.