Seed of the Week: California Poppies

The mini-meatball seeds from last week were from California poppies, Eschscholzia californica.

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California poppies are great sources of pollen for bees.

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This little gal is about the size of a pencil lead.

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The poppies found in southern Arizona tend to be lighter in color, almost yellow at the tips. They were once considered to be a separate species, but are now considered to be a subspecies, They are commonly called Mexican gold poppies.

Here is the unrelated oriental poppy (Papaver) for comparison.

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Do poppies grow where you live?

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