General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 6 to 18 inches, possibly 24 inches
Plant Spread: 6 to 18 inches
Fruit: Dehiscent
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Other: All parts of the plant contain toxic alkaloids.
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Common names
  • Mexican Pricklypoppy
  • Yellow Prickly-Poppy
  • Prickly Poppy
  • Devil's Fig
  • Mexican Prickly Poppy
  • Yellow Pricklypoppy
  • Birds in the Bush
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Argemone mexicana
  • Synonym: Argemone mexicana f. leiocarpa

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