"As from a large heap of flowers many garlands and wreaths are made, so by a mortal in this life there is much good work to be done."

- Buddha

About California Poppy

California Poppy

California Poppy ranges from yellow to orange. It s flowering from February to September. These flowers can grow from 5 to 60 cm tall and have 4 petals with silky texture. The petals close at night or when it s cold outside, windy weather, and open again in the morning. This plant can be found in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico. It grows well in disturbed areas. In addition to being planted for horticulture, revegetation, and highway beautification, it often colonizes along roadsides and other disturbed areas. It is drought-tolerant, self-seeding, and easy to grow in gardens. California poppy leaves were used medicinally by Native Americans, and the pollen was used cosmetically. Also the seeds are used in cooking. Because of its beauty and ease of growing, the California poppy was introduced into several regions with similar Mediterranean climates.