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PlantFiles: Bluestem Pricklypoppy
Argemone albiflora

Family: Papaveraceae (pa-pav-er-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Argemone (AR-ge-mon-ee) (Info)
Species: albiflora (al-BIH-flor-uh) (Info)

One vendor has this plant for sale.

6 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

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Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Gina_Rose On Jan 17, 2007, Gina_Rose from Hollywood, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Also known as White Prickly Poppy, it's range is from Wisconsin east to Massachusetts, south to FL, west to TX and north through Arkansas to Iowa.

It's habitat is usually waste places and roadsides.

These are very prickly, use gloves!!!
They also do not seem to like transplanting, and/or may take a long time to recover.

Positive frostweed On Nov 29, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bluestem Pricklypoppy Argemone albiflora is native to Texas and other States. Very much worth cultivating.

Positive MotherNature4 On Apr 27, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This wildling grows along the railroad tracks here, and faithfully blooms every spring. MN4

Neutral JodyC On Jan 20, 2005, JodyC from Palmyra, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Folk remedy for cancers,itching and scabies.
Contains Toxic alkaloids


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Menifee, California
Palo Cedro, California
Richmond, California
Bartow, Florida
Madison, Florida
Wamego, Kansas
Arlington, Texas
La Vernia, Texas
Midland, Texas

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