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Argemone mexicana

 
Argemone mexicana
Mexican prickly poppy
Prickly barrel-shaped seedpods developing
Synonym(s) Argemone leiocarpa
Common name Mexican prickly poppy
Family papaveraceae
Life cycle annual or perennial (Z8-11)
Flowers yellow (spring)
Size 20"
Light sun
Cultural notes well drained soil; drought-tolerant

Wildflower, usually annual, whose deeply cut spined leaves are gray-green with whitish veins. Papery yellow flower appear in spring. Occurs naturally in the southern and southeastern US. Ours didn't act like an annual – they stayed small throughout their first year, then shot up in early spring of year two, blooming by mid-March, and setting seed by late April. The dried seedpods are hellish to handle, covered with small, loosely attached prickles that desire to embed themselves in tender fingers.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: left fence border

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '18/'19 exchange. Baggy 70F (22%G, 10d)


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