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Prickly Poppy
Papaveraceae
Argemone munita


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Flower Petal # 6
Main Color    
Color 2    
Type Categories Useful Parts

Herb

Papaveraceae Family

Argemone Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Flatbud Prickly Poppy, Chicalote


Location

Amasa Valley, Delta, Utah.

Native to California, where it is widespread throughout the western part of the state and its eastern deserts. Its range also extends into Baja California.


Physical Description
Dicot. Annual or perennial, prickly leaves, white papery petaled flowers. Hundreds of male stamens. One central 3-6 way symmetrical stigma.
grows in gravelly desert soils.

This poppy bears its flowers on erect, spiny stems which can exceed a meter in height. The mint-green lobed leaves are also very prickly. The white poppy blooms have usually six crinkly petals, each up to 4 centimeters long. The center of the flower is surrounded by a dense ring of up to 250 small yellow stamens bearing the pollen. The fruits are spiny white capsules 3 to 5 centimeters long, each containing many small seeds.


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General Information

Excellent in desert gardens or mountain sites.
Grows on sandy and gravelly soils, dry washes.
Grows between 4,000 and 8,000 feet.
Note that the sap contains several poisonous alkaloids.
Looks like Matilja Poppies.



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