White Prickly Poppy

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Austin, Tx., USA – April, 2012

White Prickly Poppy,
Argemone albiflora spp. texana,
can be found from Northern Arkansas & Southern Missouri to Texas. The stem and leaves are covered in pickly spines, and cattle and deer will not touch it. This plant is native to Texas and has many healing and some mild euphoric properties. It also has toxic properties. It is listed in the Native Plant Society index, an
interesting read:

http://npsot.org/wp/story/2011/1936/

From Wikipedia:

“Argemone is a genus of flowering plants in the family Papaveraceae. It contains 30 to 32 species, commonly known as prickly poppies,2 that are native to the Americas and Hawaii. The generic name originated as αργεμωνη in Greek and was applied by Dioscorides to a poppy-like plant used to treat cataracts.”

For a historical perspective on uses by American Indians and Mexicans:
http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/ethnobot/imag...

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