Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed
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.