California Poppies Beautiful to View but Don’t Pick Them

Today is the day we honor our beautiful state flower the California Poppy! The California Poppy is a drought resistant flower, which is probably why it was picked as the state flower in 1903. Poppies are more than just a flower, as statesymbolusa.org states, “Native Americans in California valued the poppy as a food source and for the oil extracted from the plant”. We thought you might like to head out and grab some seeds to plant a few of your own. They are beautiful and will plant just about anywhere. Here are some tips on growing poppies in California. And if you just want to take a moment to view the beautiful flowers, here is a link to a video from the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. You can enjoy looking at these beautiful golden flowers, just remember it is illegal to pick them!