Argemon, or White Prickly Poppy, can now be seen blooming in Pine Valley. A member of the poppy family, Prickly Poppy gets its name from the many sharp spines on its leaves. These spiny leaves prevent cows from grazing on the plant, which is a good thing since it is slightly poisonous to cattle.
The Prickly Poppy's seeds are a major food source for birds. The seeds contain 25.8% oil, and are comparable to soybeans in oil content. The oil is of such good quality that it was used as a light lubrication alternative during World War 2!
This is another plant that is even more fun to observe when you know its name and a few facts about it. Look for the showy white blossoms on a spiny plant growing along roadsides and in waste places.