Prickly Poppy - Argemone polyanthemos
Annual or Biennial 2-3' Collected at 7,888'.
I've loved this plant all of my life, marveling at the heat it can take and the ants that climb it and the bees that buzz it. This flower is bad-ass - the flower is as delicate and fragile as any poppy but the plant will bite you hard. Blue-green thistle-like spikey leaves ain't playin'. You will bleed if you mess around with it. Collecting seed is exciting! Plant it where it can be and reseed and make a stand. Gorgeous from the high heat to the mountain top.
Plant outside in fall. Plant on the surface and cover with a little sand. Blooms June/July. Perennial.