Growing by the Bay

California poppy

hillside covered with california poppies

The California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), the state flower, blooms profusely along the northern California coast from about February through September. The most common variety is a bright orange color, reinforcing the sate’s nickname, the golden state (which also alludes to the mid-nineteenth-century gold rush). This poppy-colored hillside was photographed on the central California coast between Cambria and Cayucos.


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1 Comment

  1. annexensen

    I absolutely love those California poppies. I did make it to the poppy reserve down around LA one year during season. Great photo…

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