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California Poppy Day
"No poet has yet sung the full beauty of our poppy. No painter has successfully portrayed the satiny sheen of its lustrous petals. In its abundance, this colorful plant should not be slighted: cherish it and be ever thankful that so rare a flower is common.”
~ John Thomas Howell, Marin Flora
On Dec. 12, 1890, the California State Floral Society voted to select a state flower. The three nominees were Eschscholzia californica, the California poppy; Romneya coulteri, the matilija poppy; and Calochortus, the mariposa lily. After almost 13 years, the California Legislature adopted Eschscholzia californica as the official California state flower on March 2, 1903. Seventy years later, in 1973, the law was amended to designate April 6 of each year as California Poppy Day. Its native habitat includes California and extends to Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora and northwest Baja California. The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is located in northern Los Angeles County. At the peak of the blooming season, orange flowers seem to cover all 1,745 acres of the reserve. Other prominent locations of California poppy meadows include Bear Valley (Colusa County) and Point Buchon (San Luis Obispo County).
Home to The Red Thistle Dancers (and their namesake native flower), this Bay Area, California Scottish dance and music performance group inspired this website. And in addition to the red thistle, another spectacular native flower is the state flower of California, the California Poppy, which has a dedicated day.
California poppies are often seen on the roadside of highways, as they thrive in disturbed soils, but seasonal poppy superblooms occur in special meadows in various locations which make for spectacular viewing.
Eschscholzia californica (also called the California poppy, golden poppy, California Sunlight, and Cup of Gold) is a species of flowering plant in the Papaveraceae family, native to the United States and Mexico. It is an ornamental plant flowering in summer, with showy cup-shaped flowers in brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow (occasionally pink).
This tartan was designed by Carol A.L. Martin and takes as its colours the splash of the bright orange poppies against an azure sky.
For a list of some of the best poppy meadows soon to be blooming in the state of California, click the poppies!