Species: Argemone polyanthemos - Crested Pricklypoppy

Prickly Poppy

Argemone polyanthemos
A branched, pale blue-green, leafy plant with white flowers, yellow sap, and slender yellow prickles all over. The blooms are visited by various insect species including grasshoppers who favor the bloom petals. (Photo: Dusty Reins)

 

Common Name(s)

Annual Pricklepoppy, Bluestem Pricklepoppy, Bluestem Prickly Poppy, Crested Pricklypoppy, Pricklypoppy, Thistle Poppy, White Prickly Poppy, White Pricklypoppy

 

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Online

NRCS Profile
Native Plant Database

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Common Rangeland Plants of the Texas Panhandle

Related Photos

Prickly Poppy Bloom

Argemone polyanthemos Bloom
Argema, in Greek, means cataract of the eye, for which species of this genus were supposedly a remedy. There are several species in the West, all similar, a few with yellow, pinkish, or lavender petals. The herbage of this poisonous plant is so prickly and distasteful that livestock avoid it.

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