Mexican Pricklypoppy Argemone mexicana - Argemone sexvalvis, Argemone georgiana, Argemone mucronata, Argemone spinosa, Argemone versicolor, Echtrus mexicanus, Echtrus trivialis, Papaver mexicanum

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Botanical Name:

Argemone mexicana







Common Name:

Mexican Pricklypoppy

Seeds Per Pound:
0.13 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
Germination Test Type:
1-2 feet
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Soaking in Gibberellic Acid helps germination.

In Stock: 0.13 lb
Items are priced on a curve, you can buy any 'bulk quantity' up to what we have in stock, some examples are:
1 packet (~ 40 seeds)
1 gram (~ 408 seeds)
10 gram (~ 4077 seeds)
1 oz (~ 11557 seeds)
Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: none required.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep , tamp the soil, keep moist.
Other: Gibberellic acid was found to be effective in bringing down the dormancy period and inducing quick and uniform germination. The seeds should be soaked in Gibberellic acid at the rate of 0.01grams per litre of cool boiled water.
In a Nutshell:
* Argemone mexicana (Mexican poppy, Mexican prickly poppy, flowering thistle, cardo or cardosanto) is a species of poppy found in Mexico and now widely naturalized in many parts of the world.
* . An extremely hardy pioneer plant, it is tolerant of drought and poor soil, often being the only cover on new road cuttings or verges.
* It has bright yellow latex, and though poisonous to grazing animals, is rarely eaten, but has been used medicinally by many people including those in its native area, the Natives of the western US and parts of Mexico.
* The seed pods secrete a pale yellow latex when cut open. This argemone resin contains berberine and protopine.
* The fresh yellow, milky, acrid sap contains protein-dissolving substances and has been used in the treatment of warts, cold sores, cutaneous affections, skin diseases, itches etc.
* When the Spanish arrived in Sonora they added this plant to their pharmacopia and called it cardosanto, which should not be mistranslated to blessed thistle (Cnicus benedictus). Use in Hispanic cultures includes as a sedative and analgesic tea, including for use to help alleviate migraine headaches. The seeds are taken as a laxative.
* Biodiesel production from A. mexicana seed oil using crystalline manganese carbonate has been demonstrated. more...
* Seed - sow April in situ. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 4 weeks at 15°c. more...
Argemone mexicana ( Mexican poppy , Mexican prickly poppy, cardo or cardosanto ) is a species of poppy found in Mexico and now widely naturalized in the United States , India and Ethiopia . An annual herb with bright yellow sap , it has been used by many people including those in its native area, the Natives of the western US and parts of Mexico . [ 1 ]
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Physical Characteristics  Argemone mexicana is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in). It is hardy to zone 8. It is in flower from Jun to August, and the seeds ripen from Jul to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)The plant is self-fertile. The plant prefers light (sandy) soils, requires well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It cannot grow in the shade.It requires dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.
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