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|There were hundreds of these Prickly Poppies in the same field last year. This year I really had to search to find one. It seems they have been taken over by an abundance of Sunflowers this year. The excessive rain we've had may have also contributed to the decline in Poppies this year.|
About Prickly Poppy:
Argemone albiflora Hornem.
Bluestem pricklypoppy, White pricklypoppy
Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)
USDA Symbol: ARAL3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The cupped, white flower is at the top of a tall, bristly stem; plant has white juice that turns yellow after it has dried.
A similar thistle-leaved species, a native of tropical America, is the Yellow Prickly Poppy (A. mexicana), which has yellow flowers. It occurs from Virginia and Tennessee to Florida and Texas and has escaped from cultivation northward.
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These are lovely flowers despite the prickles.
Nice shot - well composed and exposed. :)