Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana

(Mexican Gold Poppy)


Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana, Wildseed Farm, Gillespe Co. 7556


Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana, Wildseed Farm, Gillespe Co. 7564


Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana, Wildflower Center, Austin, Travis Co. 7492

Scientific Name Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana (Eschscholzia mexicana) USDA PLANTS Symbol ESCAM
Common Name Mexican Gold Poppy, California Gold Poppy ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 524062
Family Papaveraceae (Poppy) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry, rocky limestone soils; in Texas only in far west.
Plant: Erect to spreading annual up to 16 inches tall; one or more leafy stems branching in upper portions.
Leaves: Deeply divided into narrow segments, overall up to 2 inches long.
Inflorescence: Solitary or in small clusters, erect orange, gold or bright yellow cupped flowers 1-1/8 to 2-3/8 inches across; 4 petals; pistil and stamens orange/gold/yellow.
Bloom Period: March to May.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by G. Ajilvsgi, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
Note: These images were taken of cultivated plants, not in the wild.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX

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