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Thursday, May 19, 2011

California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

Here's another wildflower one can't help but like although it apparently is an invasive species from our neighbors to the south. This is the California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica). It seems to have settled very comfortably into our environment and its brilliant orange flowers brighten waste areas where more demanding flowers will not grow. They are one of the first to bloom in the spring and continue all through summer to well into the autumn.


JoJo said...

It's the California state flower. I just saw some of these yesterday in a yard in Gig Harbor.

Christina Klas said...

It is definitely brilliant! - Jojo - I didn't know that was the CA state flower... neat.

It looks like it's loving the sunshine stretching out it's neck to get as close as possible. :)

RedPat said...

I love these but they don't seem to survive our winters in Toronto so they must be replanted each year. A pretty invader!

Carolyn said...

I love this photo, the simplicity of the photo highlight the beauty of the flower and the texture of the rock. I may have to buy this one! Thanks for sharing.