Bluestem pricklepoppy, White prickly poppy
Argemone pleiachantha (Poppy family)
Bluestem prickle poppy
One easy-to-spot spring flower is the white prickly poppy, sometimes called cowboy's fried egg. This large plant can be up to three feet high with spiny stems and a seed pod up to 1 1/2 inches long. Stems are bluish and the flowers are white with tissue-thin crinkly petals and a golden center. Though all parts of the plant are poisonous, mourning doves feed on the seeds and seem to feel no ill effects. Closeup of flowers

These plants begin blooming in early spring and continue through the summer. Very adaptable, they thrive at elevations from 1400 to 8000 feet.

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