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Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed

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Eschscholzia californica - California Poppy

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Family Name: Papaveraceae

Common Name: California Poppy

Origin: Native to California

Habitat: Open areas, common to grassy slopes. Below 2000 m.

Life Form and Duration: Perennial (generally) or Annual Herb, 50-60 cm

Comments on overall growth: Perennials with heavy taproot. Plants may be erect or spreading. A smooth, bluish-green plant, with several stems and fern-like leaves

Foliage Description: Mostly basal, some cauline (off the stem). Finely dissected into narrow segments, 2-6.5 cm long, long stalks, generally bluish-green.

Flower Description: Single orange to orange-yellow flowers on long stalks. Sepals 2, fused as a hood over the developing petals, shed when flower opens. Petals 4, 2-6 cm long, free from each other, obovate - wedge shaped. Many stamens, yellow, quite visible at center of flower. Petals shed after pollination. At base of ovary is conspicuous pinkish rim - characteristic.

Flowering Season: February-September

Fruit Type: Capsule, 3-9 cm

Fruit Description: Cylindric, slender, slight curve, splits starting at base.