|The Bluestem Pricklepoppy is a member of
the Poppy Family. It typically grows in
areas in fields and along roadsides at elevations between 1400 and 8000
feet. The plant typically grows to 3 feet in height and has blue-green
jagged leaves up to 8 inches in length which are covered with sharp
Large numbers of this plant are
usually a good indication that an area has been severely degraded
due to overgrazing.
The plant can bloom any time between April and
November and produces a large white flower with 4 to 6 tissue paper thin
petals to 5 inches in width. Flowers are followed by an oblong, spiny
seed pod to 1 1/2 inches in length. All parts of the plant are
poisonous, however, the seeds are eaten by morning doves.