prickly poppy


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Related to prickly poppy: Argemone mexicana, Mexican prickly poppy
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prickly poppy

prickly poppy

WARNING Very sharp thistle-like prickly stems and leaves, so it’s best to wear very thick gloves when handling. White flowers with yellow center are up to 5 inches (13 cm) across and have 6, large, tissue-paper-like petals. From a distance, the flowers look like fried eggs. Stems contain white latex that you can apply to warts moles skin cancer to help eat them away. Considered poisonous when fresh, boiling recommended. The upper part of the plant is sometimes crushed and dried to make a mild sedative, contains a very minute amount of opium so it's a relaxant, helps sleep (all poppies do, even the red and orange ones). The seeds contain toxic alkaloids that sometimes cause glaucoma.
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Duffield compared the incident to a similar one in a two-year-old maiden at Beverley last week, when he had to take evasive action on Prickly Poppy, as Joe Fanning manoeuvred to get a run on the winner, Love Everlasting.
Wants: rhizomatous or bulb flowers, laurel, Ionicera, jasmine, caladium, geranium, aristolchia, zoysia grass, primula, sarracenia, Venus fly trap, tropaelolum, foxglove, linaria, meconopsis, oenothera, grass--"stipatenuisima," dicentra, rosemary irene, thymus coccineus, armeria, pyrethrum-no yellow, orchids, prickly poppy, ginkgo, wisteria
After being denied a run on the inside, and then unsuccessfully trying to go for another gap, Fanning switched sharply left in order to get a run and hampered Prickly Poppy, ridden by George Duffield, who was forced to take evasive action.