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Argemone albiflora - Hornem.

Common Name White Prickly Poppy, Bluestem pricklypoppy
Family Papaveraceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards All parts of the plant, including the seed, contain toxic alkaloids[222].
Habitats Waste places[222]. Waste places, roadsides, fields, beaches, dunes and coastal plains from sea level to 300 metres[270].
Range Southern N. America - Connecticut to Florida and west to Texas and Illinois.
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Argemone albiflora White Prickly Poppy, Bluestem pricklypoppy


Clarence A. Rechenthin. Courtesy of USDA NRCS Texas State Office.
Argemone albiflora White Prickly Poppy, Bluestem pricklypoppy
James L. Reveal @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Argemone albiflora is a ANNUAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7. It is in flower from May to August, and the seeds ripen from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs). The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

A. alba.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Demulcent  Emetic  Purgative  Skin

A tea made from the leaves is demulcent, emetic and purgative[222]. Caution is advised, the seed oil can cause glaucoma and oedema[222]. An infusion of the plant is used in the treatment of jaundice, skin ailments, colds, colic and wounds[222].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in ordinary light soil in a sunny position[200]. Does best in a poor well-drained soil, often self-sowing on stony and sandy sites[200]. Plants resent root disturbance and are best sown in situ[134].

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Propagation

Seed - sow April in situ[200]. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 4 weeks at 15°c[134].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Argemone mexicanaPrickly Poppy, Mexican pricklypoppyPerennial0.6 7-10  LNDM132
Papaver argemonePrickly Poppy, Long pricklyhead poppyAnnual0.4 7-10  LMHNM01 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

   Mon Aug 6 2007

i want information on Argemone seeds and what is its common name of it in India

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