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Prickly Poppy
Argemone corymbosa

About Prickly Poppy (Argemone corymbosa) Argemone corymbosa (Mojave prickly poppy) is a flowering plant in the family Papaveraceae native to the eastern Mojave Desert of the southwestern United States. It especially common around Cima, California and the nearby community of Kelso, California. The plant grows in sandy places and on dry slopes, and is very similar to desert prickly poppy. It is a perennial herbaceous plant growing to 40-80 centimeter tall, with distinctive orange latex in the stems. The leaves are 8-15 centimeter long, with prickly margins. The flowers are 4-8 centimeter diameter, with four white petals and an orange-colored center.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Annual herb

Max. Height
1.3 - 2.6 ft (0.4 - 0.8 m)

Flower Color
White, Orange

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry slopes and flats


Elevation ?
370' - 8112'

Annual Precip. ?
3.1" - 33.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.37" - 1.97"

Coldest Month ?
26.2° F - 59.9° F

Hottest Month ?
55.6° F - 87.6° F

Humidity ?
1.35 vpd - 40.48 vpd

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low, Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Common Names
Mojave Prickly Poppy, Mojave Pricklypoppy

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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