Synonyms: Eschscholzia mexicana
Common Names: California Poppy, California Gold Poppy, Mexican Gold Poppy, Amapola Amarilla
Family: Papaveraceae (Poppy)
Range: Native to Western North America from Baja California and northwest Mexico north to British Colombia. East to Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Idaho. Also found in a number of midwestern and eastern states.
Habitat: Coastal, valley, foothill, and desert regions below 7,000 ft. Fields, prairies, roadsides, disturbed areas, rocky slopes
Duration: Annual. Perennial in warmer, moister locales.
Other: There are a couple subspecies with variants. Drough tolerant, easy to grow.
References: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Burke Herbarium Image Collection, Calflora, Moore (1993) Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West