California Poppy

The California Poppy (Eschscholzia Californica)

California Poppy Day is April 6.

Over 100 years ago, the golden poppy was designated as the state flower of California in 1903. California Indians also valued the poppy as a food source and for the oil extracted from the plant. The beautiful flower is pictured on the blue welcome signs at California borders.

Its botanical name, Eschsholtzia Californica, was given by Adelbert Von Chamisso, a naturalist and member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences, who dropped anchor in San Francisco in 1816 in a bay surrounded by hills of the golden flowers. Also sometimes known as the flame flower, la amapola, and copa de oro (cup of gold), the poppy grows wild throughout California.

Every year, April 6 is California Poppy Day and May 13th - 18th is Poppy Week. Gold is a theme in California symbols; the state colors are blue and gold, the state nickname is The Golden State, and gold is the official state mineral.

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