Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for California Poppy - Eschscholzia californica   ChamissoOnly member of Eschscholzia in NC.
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Section 6 » Order Papaverales » Family Papaveraceae
AuthorChamisso
DistributionScattered across most of the state. A collection from Haywood County is from an NCDOT roadside planting.

Native of CA, OR, and Baja Ca. (Mexico); planted and escaped eastward.
AbundanceRare.
HabitatWaste place, roadside fill, naturalized in campus planting bed, weed between campus buildings.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-June (later?).
IdentificationThis is a very striking species in bloom, especially when hundreds are in bloom in a California grassland. The plants grow about a foot tall, with narrow dissections to the leaves. The large flowers are terminal on long stalks, orange to yellow-orange with a darker spot basally, and with 4 petals.
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