California State Flower

California State Flower

The state flower of California was designated by the state legislature in 1903 to be the California golden poppy (botanical name is Eschscholzia californica).

The golden poppy is also known as the "Copa de oro" meaning "Golden cup" because of the brilliantly colored bloom. Every April 6, it is California poppy day and every May from the 13th to the 18th it is California poppy week.

The flower grows so wildly and colorful that early explorers named California the "Land of Fire."

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State names, seals, flags, and symbols, a historical Guide, third edition. Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S, Shearer, 2002.

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