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Western Poppy
Papaver californicum
About Western Poppy (Papaver californicum) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Papaver californicum is a species of poppy known by the common names fire poppy and western poppy. It is endemic to California, where it is found in the coastal counties south of the San Francisco Bay Area. It grows in chaparral, woodlands, and other local habitat, often in places that have recently burned. This annual herb grows a hairy to hairless stem which may exceed half a meter in height. The flower atop the mostly naked stem has usually four petals one or two centimeters long. They are orange in color with green bases.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

1 - 2 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Orange, Green

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 2 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade


Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
7, 8, 9, 14*, 15, 16, 18, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open, disturbed places

Annual Precipitation: 3.0" - 59.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 1.45", Coldest Month: 40.9" - 58.6", Hottest Month: 61.6" - 88.8", Humidity: 0.82" - 39.46", Elevation: -15" - 6774"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Fire Poppy

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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