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Hunnemannia fumariifolia - Mexican Tulip Poppy

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Papaveraceae (Poppies)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Hunnemannia fumariifolia (Mexican Tulip Poppy) - Similar to the California poppy, this bushy perennial is from the highlands of Mexico from 4,900 to 6,500 feet in the Chihuahuan Desert from northern Mexico into southern Arizona and Texas. In cultivation it can grow to 2 feet tall and wide with attractive blue-green leaves that are finely dissected and bloom with bright yellow 2 inch wide flowers with crinkled petals and orange stamens that appear in mid-summer to early fall with extended bloom from spring into winter in coastal regions. Plant in full sun with little irrigation drought tolerant once established. Tolerant of heavy soil and root hardy to about 15 degrees F. A great and cheery perennial in the dry garden and flowers are good in the vase if cut before they open. Although short lived it sometimes perpetuates itself in the garden by seeding out and these seedlings that arise in the garden will be sturdier than original plants transplanted from containers. Even though it self-sows, we have never noted it to the extent that we consider it weedy seems to like to come up in cracks of pavement or between stepping stones. Cut plants back in winter to make more tidy. The name Tulip Poppy is used as the flowers somewhat resemble tulips and it is also known as the Mexican Smoke Poppy. The genus was named after the English botanist John Hunnemann (1760-1839) and the specific epithet means the foliage is like that of one of the old world Fumeworts in the genus Fumaria, which itself was comes from the Latin word 'fumus' meaning "smoke", a name thought to derive from the color or odor of the fresh roots.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Hunnemannia fumariifolia.