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Marcus, Joseph A.
Argemone albiflora ssp. texana G.B. Ownbey
Bluestem pricklypoppy, White pricklypoppy
Synonyms: Argemone albiflora var. texana
USDA Symbol: aralt
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This is an extremely prickly annual or biennial, usually growing 1 1/2-2 ft., but sometimes reaching 5 ft. in height. Subtended by leaf-like, spiny bracts, the white blooms are 4-6 in. across with fragile, crinkled petals and numerous yellow or red stamens. White prickly poppyís blue-green leaves are lobed, spiny, and covered with a whitish bloom.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Root Type: Tap Leaf Complexity: Simple Breeding System:
Flowers Bisexual Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
AR , LA , MO , TX Native Distribution:
Most of TX into OK; naturalized elsewhere Native Habitat:
Hills; pastures; disturbed areas USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil Description:
Sandy or gravelly soils. Conditions Comments:
White prickly poppy is not competitive with perennials. It blooms only in spring and should be pulled out by June. This is an extremely prickly annual
or biennial. White prickly poppys blue-green leaves are lobed, spiny, and covered with a whitish bloom.
BenefitWarning: Seeds and other plant parts can be toxic if ingested. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plantís different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Seed sown in fall or early spring
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-32
Collected 2006-06-19 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2009-04-18
Research By: TWC Staff