Yellow Prickly Poppy

Richard G Witham

Joined February 2008

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Yellow Prickly Poppy: Argemone mexicana, also known as Flowering thistle and Cardosanto.

The Yellow prickly poppy grows 8-18 inches tall and has a smooth or slightly prickly stem. The deeply lobed leaves are a whitish green, and the upper ones clasp the stem between their two lower lobes. The upper surface of the leaf is smooth. Flowers are yellow, white or pink and about 2 1/2 inches across. The sap from this plant is bright yellow.

This wildflower is native to northern Mexico yet has spread through much of North America and is largely naturalized in many parts of the world. An extremely hardy pioneer plant, it is tolerant of drought and poor soil, often being the only cover on new road cuttings or verges. It has bright yellow latex, and though poisonous to grazing animals, is rarely eaten, but has been used medicinally by many people including those in its native area, the Natives of the western US and parts of Mexico.

Wikipedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argemone_mexicana

Photographed in south Texas: Olympus E-3, f/5.6 @ 1/800, ISO 400

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