Plantidote of the Day 2011-09-19
Native to California, these poppies are the state flower. They grow everywhere here, mostly wild, carpeting hillsides every spring and summer. Very reliable self sowers; plant these poppies once and they come back year after year.
Traditionally, California poppies are orange with a single row of silky petals. New varieties come in lots of other colors and frilly, semi-double flowers are available, too.
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