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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Papaver californicum A. Gray
Fire Poppy, Western poppy
Synonym(s): Papaver lemmonii
USDA Symbol: paca9
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A single bowl-shaped flower at top of each stem has 4 fan-shaped, reddish-orange petals with greenish spot at base; before the flowers open, the buds droop.
Opium is extracted from the sap of an Old World poppy species, once commonly (and innocently) grown in gardens and still found scattered in the country.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Fruit:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution:
The Coast Ranges from San Francisco Bay to southern California; not common in the northern half of the range. Native Habitat:
Open brush and woods, especially after fires.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff