October 22, 2017

One of a Kind

Joy Meyers Photo | Papaver californicum - Fire poppy or Western poppy

Joy Meyers Photo | Papaver californicum – Fire poppy or Western poppy

Papaver californicum is endemic (limited) to California, found only in the coastal counties south of San Francisco. This annual herb blossoms in April and May in its native territory, which includes chaparral. Found mostly in California, chaparral is a shrubland influenced by a Mediterranean-type climate and wildfires; this type of land makes up about 5 percent of California. P. californicum, also known as Western poppy or fire poppy, sports a single, bowl-shaped bloom atop a mostly hairless stem that can reach more than 18 inches in height. Given its Mediterranean penchant, it is little wonder the plant is hardy to Zone 8.

Submitted by Joy Meyers

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Joy Meyers Photo | Papaver californicum - Fire poppy or Western poppy

Joy Meyers Photo | Papaver californicum – Fire poppy or Western poppy