California Poppy

Did you know that the California State Flower is the California Poppy?

California Poppy - Eschscholzia californica - The State Flower of California

The California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is one of my favorite flowers. Every spring we get to see them bloom all over the place. My favorite place to see them is at the Dublin Heritage Center in Dublin, California. I love the way that a ray of sunlight back-lights this beautiful poppy. It is also interesting that I caught a fly landing on the flower. This is one of my favorite flower pictures that I have taken.

California Poppies, California State Flower - California Poppy - Eschscholzia californica

I also like to see a large grouping of poppies that are wide open. One thing that I really like about them is that they will open up with the sun and then close back when it starts getting dark.

The picture above was also used in a previous post called Heritage Flowers. These pictures were taken in the Dublin Pioneer Cemetery which is part of the Heritage Center. For more pictures from the cemetery you can also look at Heritage Lilies.

I will also share one more California Poppy picture.

California Poppy - Eschscholzia californica - California State Flower - Dublin Pioneer Cemetery

During the spring when the poppies are blooming they are unable to cut the grass or clear out the weeds in the cemetery as the California Poppies are protected. This can be a very beautiful time to visit as the cemetery is a bit overgrown at that time and has a certain type of beauty that is hard to describe.

The Wild Prairie Rose is the State Flower from the State I was born in.

What is your State Flower?


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8 Responses to California Poppy

  1. J. G. Burdette says:

    The Peony is Indiana’s State flower.

  2. Boomdeeadda says:

    Awesome pictures, I love things grown en-mass. The Provincial flower here is ‘The Alberta Rose’. A shrub rose, growing wild. Six light pink petals, short, single season bloom and very, very prickly. It’s on our emblem. You would never plant it on purpose but it’s pretty in the spring if you’re walking thru the forest.

  3. Your photos are just beautiful, Steven: such a breath of fresh air in the middle of our winter here.

  4. Glenda McDougal says:

    A great post and I didn’t know the poppy was California’s state flower. These pictures are beautiful. Arkansas’ state flower is the Apple Blossom.

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