Poppies in El Paso

Spring Poppies Near El Paso March 2010

Within the last few days, the Texas Mountain Trail Photo a Day blog site has taken photographs of poppies near Franklin Mountain at El Paso, Texas.  This photo was taken on March 8, 2010.  The type of poppy here is the Argemone mexicana, native in a triangle of Webb, Val Verde and Travis counties.  These poppies are also known as Texas Prickly-poppies, as the stems are prickly.  Of the twenty species in North America, eight species are in Texas.  (Please see Mary Motz Wills and Howard S. Irwin, Roadside Flowers of Texas, Austin: University of Texas Press, 1961, pp. 117-118.)

Poppies Near El Paso March 2010

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6 responses to “Poppies in El Paso

  1. Poppies are so cheerful. I had no idea about how many species there are. I grew up with California poppies, which appear to be mysteriously thriving in my yard in Taos, also. They look so delicate yet are so hardy.

  2. We can see the mountains from our library. This year we’ve missed the Poppies. There was a Poppy Festival a few weeks ago at the Arch. Museum. Nice festival, but no poppies! Not enough rain this year. 😦

    Susan from Richard Burges Library

    • I visited your website and what a fine library and website you have. We are suffering from the lack of rain here — worst three months on record! Flowers are not blooming like last year. Thanks, Susan, for your comment.

  3. It seems to have been a bad year all around. I’ve seen a few struggling poppies over here. Hopefully a few will bloom!

    Thanks for the comments on our site. We love our library! 🙂

    Susan @ Richard Burges

    • We are under a Red Flag warning for today, April 10, 2011. Emergency fire crews have already been stationed in Abilene.

      Good for your poppies! I know the rains will come again and flowers will bloom. We’re seeing our stock pond at the lowest level ever.

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