Carolina Poppy - Blue Stem Prickly Poppy
Papaveraceae (Poppy) Family
Plant is an upright annual; bristly stem that are often branch; exudes white latex sap that turns yellow after drying. Preferred habitat is roadsides and open fields and meadows. Disltribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are long, alternate or clustered along the stem; coarsely cleft or parted with spiny teeth; lance-shaped or oblong; usually rough to touch (occasionally smooth).
Flowers are white; four to six inches in diameter; cup-shaped to nearly flat with conspicuous stamens in center that are about equal in length to the pistil. Flowers occur in the spring and early summer.
Fruit is a capsule that is also spiny containing many blackish seeds.
In Some areas this plant is considered a pesty weed. The Mexican Poppy. A. mexicana, is similar except the flower is yellow and the stamens and pistil are bright red.