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Mexican Prickly Poppy
Scientific Name: Argemone mexicana L.
Synonym: Argemone leiocarpa, Argemone sexualis, Argemone mucronata
Family: Papaveraceae
Mexican Prickly Poppy (Argemone  mexicana)
Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 3: 20. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 7-11

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Northern America, West Indies, Central America

Growth Habits: Fast growing annual, 2 to 3 feet tall (60-90 cm); leaves up to 9 inches long (22 cm); yellow sap

Watering Needs: Little water

Propagation: Seeds

The plant is toxic, containing various alkaloid. Some parts have been used medicinally in small doses as mild tranquilizer.

Argemone mexicana in Curtis Botanical

Blooming Habits:
Large yellow to orange flowers, 1.2 inches in diameter (3 cm), during the entire summer

Fruiting Habits:

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