Flowers and Fruits

California Poppy

A California poppy flower with Bells of Ireland making an appearance at the bottom

California poppy, Eschscholzia californica, is not a true poppy but a native plant to my region and the state flower of California. As an East-coast transplant, I was not familiar with this plant until moving to California and I still haven’t gotten over its beauty. I love the simple, bright orange flowers contrasting with the blue-green feathery leaves. They look delicate yet require no attention from me and are drought-tolerant. Every night the flower closes and in the morning I can go out with my cup of coffee and sit there and watch the flower open up as the sun burns off the clouds. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it.

In December I got California poppy seeds from my town library. I scattered them in a pot outside and let it be. I only got a pinch worth of seeds, but it was enough. In February they started to germinate and they seem to be at their peak bloom right now.

California poppy with Bells of Ireland
California poppy seedlings in mid-March, shortly after germinating outdoors

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