mexicana - Mexican Poppy, Prickly Poppy - Annual - A "Georgia O'Keefe"
flower, native to our area. Many call this plant a weed, but a few
specimens are beautiful with ornamental grasses or in a dry garden with
cacti and succulents. Excess seedlings are best removed when they
Eomecon chionantha - Snow
Poppy - Perennial - Though native to China, this low-growing groundcover
thrives in central Texas in shady sites. It spreads by underground
stems, soon filling a bed with its snow-white blooms in spring. Like
other members of this family, it has few, if any, pests or diseases.
- California Poppy - Self-Sowing Winter Annual - This western wildflower
is one of the ideal companions for the Texas Bluebonnet or beautiful as
a single species mass planting. Needs full sun and well-drained soils.
Sow in September and provide water every two weeks during a dry winter.
somniferum - Opium Poppy, Poppyseed Poppy - Self-Sowing Winter Annual -
An old-fashioned, self-sowing, cool-season annual often seen in long-cultivated
gardens in the older parts of San Antonio. Most who have it are unaware
it is the source of opium. Law enforcement agents must be unaware
as well, since we don't see any grandmothers or spinster aunts rotting
in the federal gulag, convicted of merely possessing it. Grown for
the edible poppy seeds as well as the spring blooms. Needs full sun
and well-drained soils. Sow in September and provide water every
two weeks during a dry winter. Many varieties are known, ranging
from white to pink, red or purple, both single and double flowered.
All are deer-proof and very easy-to-grow.