E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Papaver argemone L.
long prickly-headed poppy (long pricklyhead poppy)
Papaveraceae (Fumitory family)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a short taproot; stems ascending to erect, simple or more usually branched, stiff-hairy, 15-50 cm tall.
Basal leaves numerous, oblanceolate, divided into 2-3 pairs of primary lateral lobes which are again divided, long-stalked, stiff-hairy, 8-15 cm long; stem leaves similar, not much reduced above.
Inflorescence of solitary, terminal, erect flowers; buds nodding; flower stalks stiff-hairy; petals 4, dark red, often with a dark basal spot, egg-shaped, 1.5-2.2 cm long.
Capsules, oblong to club-shaped, bristly-hairy, distinctly ribbed, 1.5-2 cm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry waste places in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from the Saanich Peninsula and Vancouver area; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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