California Poppy

The California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is the official flower of the State of California. The USDA website states that this flower can be "weedy or invasive." Leila France wrote the unforgettable "California Poppy Song" in 1917:

Poppies Golden Poppies, gleaming in the sun
Closing up at evening, when the day is done.
Pride of California, flower of our state
Growing from the mountains to the Golden Gate.

Flower of the hillside, flower of the plain
Flower of the sunshine, flower of the rain.
California's children, be they far or near
Love the golden poppy, of our state so dear.
California Poppy

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