Eschscholzia californica Cham.- California Poppy

Eschscholzia californica plant

Family - Papaveraceae

Stems:

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Leaves:

Eschscholzia californica leaf

Inflorescence:

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Flowers:

Eschscholzia californica budBud.

Eschscholzia californica flower

Flowering - April - August.

Habitat - Roadsides, waste places. Planted as a roadside ornamental, rarely escaped.

Origin - Native to western North America.

Other information - This species is uncommon in the wilds of Alabama but is becoming more popular in cultivation. Many states are planting this species as a roadside ornamental.
E. californica is variable and has many subspecies (perhaps as many as 50).
The genus is named for Dr. J.F. Eschscholtz, who lived from 1793-1831. Older botanical material may spell the genus name Eschscholtzia.

Alabama Distribution:

Eschscholzia californica map

Photographs taken off Hwy 29, Boone County, NC., 4-26-03.


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