Argemone mexicana
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Argemone mexicana

Mexican poppy
yellow prickly poppy

  family papaveraceae 
  genus argemone 

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Genus  Argemone Species  mexicana Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Mexican poppy   yellow prickly poppy Family  PAPAVERACEAE Specimen number  S8124 Data source  MedPl p169;Poison p100;Xeri p279
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Erect Overall height  3' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  It usually does best in moist soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Seeds   Whole plant Poisonous indications  It contains isoquinoline alkaloids. Internal poison  yes Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  analgesic   sedative   expectorant Medicinal parts  Aerial parts   Latex   Seeds Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Argemone mexicana is considered by some to be an herbal remedy. It's used as an analgesic, a sedative or an expectorant. Mexican poppy (sometimes called yellow prickly poppy) requires professional guidance for safe usage. The aerial parts and the latex and even the seeds are used to prepare herbal remedies. This whole plant is toxic. It is poisonous if ingested. It contains isoquinoline alkaloids.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  It requires warm days for good production.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Argemone mexicana has an annual life cycle. Flowers: Mexican poppy (locally known in some parts as yellow prickly poppy) has 3 inch showy bright yellow flowers with numerous stamens. The flowers are usually a yellow color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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