Argemone alba F.Lestib.
Argemone georgiana Croom
Argemone mexicana alba (F.Lestib.) Chapm.
Common Name: White Prickly Poppy
Argemone albiflora is an annual to biennial plant growing 40 - 100cm tall. The stems are sparingly to moderately prickly[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
All parts of the plant, including the seed, contain toxic alkaloids[
Southern N. America - Missouri to Connecticut, south to Texas and Florida
]. Waste places, roadsides, fields, beaches, dunes and coastal plains; at elevations from sea level to 300 metres[
Easily grown in ordinary light soil in a sunny position[
]. Does best in a poor well-drained soil, often self-sowing on stony and sandy sites[
Plants resent root disturbance and are best sown in situ[
A tea made from the leaves is demulcent, emetic and purgative[
]. Caution is advised, the seed oil can cause glaucoma and oedema[
An infusion of the plant is used in the treatment of jaundice, skin ailments, colds, colic and wounds[
Seed - sow spring in situ[
]. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 4 weeks at 15°c[