Mojave Prickly Poppy

Argemone corymbosa

Mojave Prickly Poppy

Color: White

Common name: Mojave Prickly Poppy

Latin name: Argemone corymbosa


Height: 16 to 32 inches

Description: Inflorescence: flowers solitary, terminal. Petals 4 (or 6), obovate, crinkled, white. Petals 20–35 mm; stamens 100–120. Orange sap. Fragrant.
Leaf: 8–15 cm, prickly on margins and veins, oblanceolate to ovate, toothed or deeply pinnately lobed.

Range: East of Sierra Nevada, Mojave Desert.

Habitat: Dry slopes, flats, generally disturbed areas like washes and roadsides.

Elevation: 400–1100 m.

Flowering time: Apr–May

Notes: Photographed March 28, 2010 on National Trails Highway near Ludlow, Calif. Perennial herb that is native to California and is endemic (limited) to California alone.

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