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Argemone albiflora (Prickly Poppy)

Bluestem Pricklypoppy, White Pricklypoppy, Prickly Poppy, Texas Prickly Poppy, White Prickly Poppy


Argemone albiflora (Prickly Poppy) is an upright, prickly, deep-rooted, annual or biennial boasting large, poppy-like, pure white flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm), with numerous yellow or reddish stamens. Blooming for weeks in mid spring to mid summer, the ravishing blooms sit atop glaucous, prickly, branched stems. Resembling thistle leaves, the bluish-green leaves are pinnately lobed or cleft. All parts of the plant release a milky latex sap when damaged. Easy to grow, deer resistant, Prickly Poppy can be used as an ornamental. Its showy flowers make it a lovely addition to a native or wildflower garden. Great as a cut flower too!

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 2 ft. wide (60 cm). This plant self sows, maintaining its presence in the garden.
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in light well-drained soils. Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • All parts of this plant are extremely toxic.
  • Native from Virginia south to Florida, west to Texas, north to Missouri.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Plant Type Annuals
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Plant Type Annuals
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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