California’s tough, fast-growing, drought-tolerant golden wildflower, the poppy

California poppies are common along the rocky slopes, bluffs and roadsides of Marin County. (Courtesy of PlantMaster)
California poppies are common along Marin’s rocky slopes, bluffs and roadsides. 

The California poppy, Eschscholzia californica, is a tough, fast-growing, drought-tolerant, self-seeding California native wildflower. It is indigenous to western North America.

In 1816, a ship from the Imperial Russian Navy arrived in San Francisco Bay. Aboard was a Russian naturalist named Adelbert von Chamisso. He wrote about the California poppy he saw in the Presidio, giving it the name Eschscholzia californica after his friend Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz, a physician on the ship.

Early Spanish settlers called the plant “copa del oro,” or cup of gold, after a legend that said the petals filled the soil with gold.

In 1903, the California poppy became the official state flower of California. Perhaps it represented the “fields of gold” sought during the Gold Rush. It is commonly seen blooming in spring and summer along country roads and freeways, rocky slopes, maritime bluffs and dunes, making it a highly recognizable symbol of the Golden State.

April 6 is officially designated by the state as California Poppy Day.

It is often believed that laws prohibit cutting the California poppy because it is the state flower. While no law protects the California poppy specifically, the California Penal Code 384a requires written permission from the landowner to remove and sell plant material from land the person does not own. This law does not prevent the landowners’ collection of poppies on private land.

California poppies are easy to grow and not fussy about the soil. In Marin County, they can be an annual, growing from seeds, or a perennial, growing from the previous year’s root base. They have a long tap root and do not transplant easily.

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