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Stylomecon heterophylla (Wind poppy)
Flaigg, Norman G.

Stylomecon heterophylla

Stylomecon heterophylla (Benth.) G. Taylor

Wind Poppy

Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)


USDA Symbol: STHE3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Wind-poppy is a delicate, 6-18 in. annual with 2 in. wide flowers borne on long stalks. The orange or red flowers have a maroon spot at the base of each broad, silky petal. The deeply cleft leaves are 1-6 in. long and occur more profusely near the base of the stem.

Wind-poppy rarely seeds in the wild except after wildfires.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: Apr , May


Native Distribution: CA Coast Ranges from Lake to San Joaquin Cos. & s. Sierra foothills
Native Habitat: Grassy & brushy slopes below 4000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Wind poppy rarely seeds in the wild expect after wildfires.


Description: Broadcast seeds in fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Additional resources

USDA: Find Stylomecon heterophylla in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Stylomecon heterophylla in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Stylomecon heterophylla


Record Modified: 2013-11-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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