Poppies are the state flower of California. The scientific name is Eschscholzia californiaca, California poppy, Californian poppy, golden poppy, California sunlight, and cup of gold. The California Poppy is usually a light orange to bright orange color.
As a native of California, I have only heard of the California Poppy and Californian poppy. They are a drought tolerant flower, which could be why you can see them all they way down to Mexico.
California poppies grow everywhere in California spring, summer, and fall. They have a very bluish pale green for leaves, with very odd shapes. This type or color of greens is called glaucous which is a waxy white film over the plant. And you can wipe it away.
This year in my flower garden some volunteer poppies came up. Right in the edge of the rock garden. I was so pleased. Then, a pink with white poppy began to bloom. It is called “rose chiffon” poppy.
Then a pale yellow colored poppy popped up, this is called lemon bush poppy!
And then to my surprise, another color popped up!
Bright red! This one is called, Dali poppy.
All of these beautiful poppies in the same spot in my garden! I have only seen the pale yellow and orange poppies, never pink or red! What a lovely surprise!