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Pest Information

California Poppy

California Poppy

  • Latin Name: Eschscholzia Californica
  • Common Name: California Poppy
  • Other Names: Golden poppy – the designated state flower of California.

Pest Details

California Poppy
California Poppy


Native to the western United States, and occurring in many varieties throughout Washington south through southern California.


Either annuals or perennials, these reproduce from seeds or may re-grow from the long taproot. Plants are common and profuse in open, grassy areas, as well as along roadsides. Flowering occurs in mid to late spring and foliage dies back in hot weather and drier climates.


Mature plants grow to 2 feet tall as loose, sprawling plants. Stems and leaves are smooth and a powdery bluish-green, with many branches arising from the base. Leaves are multiple lobed, giving them a feathery appearance. Flower heads form as long, thin caps at the ends of long petioles, and open to brilliant orange flowers that may be over 3 inches across. There are 6 petals.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

Growth may resume from the taproot. Plants are considered valued wildflowers.

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