Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Mexican Prickly-poppy - Argemone mexicana   L.
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DistributionKnown from two counties: Orange County, weed in UNC greenhouse in 1932; New Hanover County, sandy roadside at Wrightsville Beach in 1961.

Native of Mexico and W.I.; in N.A. adventive or introduced to southern GA to south FL and south TX; scattered north to MA, MI, NE.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatRoadside on barrier island, weed in greenhouse.
PhenologyFlowering April-May.
IdentificationMexican Prickly-poppy has sessile, large, irregularly lobed leaves that are prickly along the margins; thus resembling some thistles. Flowers are 2.5-3 inches across, yellow.
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State RankSE
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorrieWestern Mexico, roadside, January 2006. Flowers pale yellow. Photo_non_NCPhoto_non_NC
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