The Community Gardens of Santa Clarita has a number of native California plants throughout the gardens. One of our favorite native plants is the California poppy. This native flower is the state flower of California and can be found growing heavily in our poppy stream and native garden at the back of the community gardens. We also have a number of of shrubs throughout our native butterfly garden as well as our back native garden. The native plants throughout the gardens encourage pollinators inside the garden and help with pollinating the various vegetables, fruits, and trees we grow and maintain.
California Poppy Information:
General Information: The California poppy, scientific name, Eschscholzia californica, is a species of flowering plant found in both the United States and Mexico. The California poppy flowers in summertime with cupped shaped flower in bright red, yellow, and orange shades. This poppy is drought-tolerant, self seeding, and easy to cultivate. California poppy leaves have been used medicinally by Native Americans, the pollen is used in cosmetics, and the seeds are still used in cooking today.
State Flower of California: In the 1890s, Sarah Plummer Lemmon campaigned for the adoption of the golden poppy as the state flower of California, Sarah Plummer Lemmon later wrote the bill that passed in the California Legislation and signed by the Governor, George Pardee in 1903. The state flower is pictured along some of the highways in California and April 6th is considered California poppy Day.
Status and Conservation: Today the California poppy has been displaced in areas of its original habitat in Southern California by more exotic invasive species such as mustards and annual grasses. During the annual poppy bloom many Californians flock to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve in Northern Los Angeles County to get a look at the sea of poppies growing.
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