Pale Mexican Poppy
Argemone ochroleuca

Family: Papaveraceae (pa-pav-er-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Argemone (AR-ge-mon-ee) (Info)
Species: ochroleuca (ock-roh-LEW-ka) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Variegated

Silver/Gray

Blue-Green

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Gardeners' Notes:

0
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Jul 9, 2002, Lophophora from Tokyo
Japan wrote:

Another poppy not for everyone, but beloved by a few.

It can be invasive, especially if you have pots of cactus, or a rock garden (it enjoys poor dry soils.)
And unless you are among those masochist gardeners who grow cacti, roses, etc., and don't mind a little blood-letting while pruning, this one is not for you. "Prickly poppy" is an understatement. A local name for this poppy is "Devil's Fig"....

I once wrote, after my first encounter with this poppy,

In Heaven there are Fig Trees -
Madonna's Lily abounds,
But Shaitan has his garden too -
Argemone fill the grounds.

Of course, not fair. Argemones are God's own creation, just created for a few braver souls, that's all.
(Actually, the d... read more