Papaver californicum A. Gray
Fire Poppy, Western Poppy
Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)
Synonym(s): Papaver lemmonii
USDA Symbol: PACA9
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May
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.
Find Seed or Plants
View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Papaver californicum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Papaver californicum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Papaver californicum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff