A frequent wildflower of open, disturbed sites in much of the Florida peninsula and scattered panhandle locations. The range extends through much of the eastern United States, west into Texas, Kansas and Nebraska, north to Iowa, Michigan, and northeast into New York, Vermont & Massachusetts. The range includes the West Indies, Mexico and Central America. It is also introduced in Ontario and Manitoba and many other parts of the world.
The large yellow flowers and spiny-looking leaves are distinctive on this annual that often branches from the base. The leaves are deeply and sharply lobed. Flowers are 4-7cm (1-1/2 to 2-3/4 in.) across with yellow petals and 30 to 50 yellow filaments.
Argemone mexicana is a member of the Papaveraceae - Poppy family.
Other species of the Argemone genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
Argemone albiflora - BLUESTEM PRICKLYPOPPY
Date record last modified: Oct 10, 2022