Eschscholzia californica

California Poppy

12" to 18" tall. The lovely and irresistible state flower of California. Perennial there, and may be able to overwinter here in Illinois with luck. Simple, cup-like, intense orange flowers atop lacy, feathery bushy sea-green leaves. Intensity of the flower color increases as the petals approach the yellow anthers/stigmas nestled in the bottom. Color is reminiscent of the orange robes of the Buddhist monks of Sri Lanka or Thailand. A different species than ordinary poppies. Quite a sight massed along median strips or oceanside cliffs in California, tossing in the wind. The thought of it makes me nostalgic for my wild days (well, not really that wild) back in Berkeley. $2.50/approximately 1,000 seeds

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