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California Poppy
Eschscholzia californica

California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica The California poppy in all its brilliant, florescent color is a common garden flower in this area.  Not only is it native to the state, but it is the state flower of California.









California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica These flowers make quite a show, especially when massed.  But no garden can equal multiple acres of a desert hillside glowing burnished gold with millions of poppies.









California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica The poppies close up for the night.  In the lower right is a bud slipping its cap, ready to open tomorrow.  Both far right and far left are the long narrow capsules, the fruit of the poppy.









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