Wildflowers forum: Argemone genus (Pricklypoppies)

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Justin
Mar 25, 2013 7:44 PM CST
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Argemone is a genus in family Papaveraceae of flowering plants, native to Americas and Hawaii.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argemone

According to USDA they are 16 species native in USA.

List of species: http://plants.usda.gov/java/ClassificationServlet?source=pro...

Distribution map: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ARGEM

Useful links:

http://www.wildflower.org/gallery/search.php?start=0&pagecou...

http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=1...

http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/taxa/index.php?taxon=4341&c...

Justin
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Justin
Mar 25, 2013 9:24 PM CST
Last week I seen first flower for this year of a species of Argemone. I was lucky to be able to take some pictures which I will present below.
The area where I found it it is a wild area in the Victoria, Tx city. It is an area for walk. Kind of park of city, on an neighborhood edge.
There it is some swings for kids, an abandoned tennis field, and an alley. Not very frequented by people. The area is not small and there grow a big variety of wild plants. It is on a bank of a creek. The soil are sandy, but in a part of area the soil are very sandy. In this very sandy soil grow many plants, with xeric aspect. In the other part it is more grass, but and there are many other plants.
Unfortunately the area is mowed occasionally, This make the area to be very disturbed from time to time. And observing plants is more difficult. Sometimes, but not necessarily, appearance of plants, may not be similar to those plants that grow in areas with rare or no disturbance.
I found the plant presented below in the part of area with very sandy soil.

I tried to identify the species . I suppose it can be Argemone albiflora ssp. texana and Argemone polyanthemos and I think I can't go far with ID.
Based on maps most likely would be Argemone albiflora ssp. texana, bBut I found a map that tells me it's likely to be and Argemone polyanthemos in my area.
And an ID based on map it is more a statistically ID. Last word must be based on botanical feature. Maybe someone familiarized on Argemone species can easy make the difference between the species.

The pictures below was taken on the 23 March, 2013, location Victoria, Tx.

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Flower
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Flower bud
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frostweed
Mar 25, 2013 9:41 PM CST

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I love the Prickly Poppies, they are so delicate and soft coming from such a rough plant. I used to have some, but they died after a few years. Sad
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Justin
Mar 25, 2013 9:58 PM CST
Many are annual or biennial. For example Argemone albiflora http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ARALT
Need to be sown again.
Maybe the seed of yours plant not find good condition to germinate. Or maybe the seedling was lost due to some cause.
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frostweed
Mar 26, 2013 6:32 AM CST

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Probably both Justin, I need to get them growing again they are so pretty Smiling
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Mar 26, 2013 7:20 AM CST

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Very pretty. The bloom looks so delicate atop its prickly stalk!
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gardengus
Mar 26, 2013 5:24 PM CST
I think they are a lovely wildflower
The first time to see them in the wild was a couple years ago out in Denver
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I had to look them up
They do not grow wild here in Indiana.
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Mar 26, 2013 5:37 PM CST

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Oh how nice for you to find them growing wild and get pictures, Cinda. I would love to find them growing in the wild.
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