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Arctomecon merriamii

Arctomecon merriamii Coville

Desert Bear-poppy, Great Desert-poppy, Great Bearclaw-poppy, Great Desert Poppy

Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)


USDA Symbol: ARME2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

1 large white flower atop each of several stalks with hairy leaves, most near base.

Little Desert Poppy (A. humilis), found in southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona, has four white petals; it is generally less than 10 inches (25 cm) high. Yellow Desert Poppy (A. californica), found in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, has six yellow petals.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May


Native Distribution: Southeastern California and southern Nevada.
Native Habitat: Loose rocky slopes and deserts.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Arctomecon merriamii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Arctomecon merriamii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Arctomecon merriamii


Record Modified: 2020-08-02
Research By: TWC Staff

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