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Plantidote of the Day 2011-09-19

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California poppies

Eschscholzia californica

California poppies

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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