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White Prickly-poppy, Bluestem Prickly-poppy
|Size:||to 3 ft tall by to 2 ft wide|
|Noted for:||Showy flowers, Interesting foliage|
|Recommended Uses:||Wildflower garden. This plant will bloom in late winter through spring displaying its large flowers when little else is blooming.|
|Considerations:||Prickles can be an issue in some gardens. All parts of this plant are extremely toxic.|
|Propagation:||Seed. While not commercially available, seeds can easily be collected along roadsides. Once established, it will self-seed.|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray|
|Soil or other substrate:||Sand|
Attracts pollinators including bees, flies, and beetles.
|Native Habitats:||Rurderal areas.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
Rarely grown, likely since it is a poisonous annual with prickles. Invasive in parts of Asia, Africa, and Australia.
This is a personal favorite of one of the authors -- it grows and bloom early and attracts lots of insects. The only issue is the prickles, so I wear gloves when weeding around it. It reseeds readily so long as there is good sun and bare ground where the seeds land.