Eschscholzia caespitosa

A photograph from mid-May that I should have perhaps waited to share during some dreary winter day, but perhaps it is dreary and wintry for BPotD readers from the southern hemisphere today.

I hope I’ve identified this correctly as Eschscholzia caespitosa, or tufted poppy. One of the main differences between Eschscholzia caespitosa and Eschscholzia californica is that the latter has a rimmed receptable, which is absent in the plant in today’s photograph.

Eschscholzia caespitosa is native to chaparral plant communities from Oregon to Baja California.

Eschscholzia caespitosa

17 responses to “Eschscholzia caespitosa”

  1. Bonnie

    Wow, this is gorgeous. It doesn’t even look real!

  2. James Singer

    Let me guess… it’s also call California poppy, right? They look the same when whizzing by them on the interstate. Gorgeous.

  3. Heather

    Absolutely beautiful photograph.

  4. Mike Crowley

    The California poppy is Eschscholzia californica. This one is known (at least in my part of norCal) as the Mexican poppy.

  5. James Singer

    This is my personal favorite roadside attraction,

  6. Jane / MulchMaid

    Just lovely and so simple, too!

  7. Sheila - Melbourne Australia

    You’re right, it IS dreary and wintery here in the southern hemisphere. So your choice of photo was perfect. Thanks.

  8. Peony Fan from Minneapolis

    Marvelous photograph! Thank you.

  9. bthyme

    Used to be able to get seed for this, at T&M I think. If I remember correctly, it was a lovely soft yellow with gray-green leaves–much more delicate looking in a garden than E. californica. I haven’t seen seed available lately.

  10. Donna

    This picture is like sunshine that has been missing the last two days. This brightened a dreary second day of much needed rain on the East Coast. Thank you.

  11. elizabeth a airhart

    my poppys do still bring enjoyment to our worlds we live in
    ruskin wrote ; the poppy is painted glass;it never glows so brightly
    as when the sun shines through it. when ever it is seen-aginst the light or with the light always it is a flame. and warms the the wind like a blown ruby -ours today is a yellow diamond.
    its so hot here in florida a slice of lemon poppy seed cake and ice tea
    would be nice wish i could send aussie land some of our heat 97

  12. Eric in SF

    Really stupendous photo, Daniel!
    This species can put on just as good a show as the more familiar California Poppy:

  13. wendy

    When I first saw the photo I thought it was an Eschscholzia cambrica. It must get complicated distinguishing all these species. I guess it helps to know from which hemispere they’re coming. It doesn’t help to be in the northern hemisphere as far as weather goes. Here we too have dull gray skies and I was delighted that BPOTD could so brighten my morning. Thank-you!

  14. Irma in Sweden

    Thanks! Such a lovely photo. Will use this as a wallpaper on my computer to cheer me up in the coming dark moths here in Sweden. In Sweden this and its more showy cousins go under the name of “sleepy head” due to the fact that the flower closes during nighttime.

  15. Wendy Cutler

    Irma, my first thought was that this photo looked rather Swedish.
    Daniel, I never would have guessed that was your photo. It’s as if we’ve caught you dancing a jig.

  16. Mandy Macdonald

    Pretty dreary in north-eastern Scotland this summer, so we could happily take more of these! Very cheering … we have just one (domesticated) Californian poppy, brilliant orange, doing its best in the garden …

  17. Sue Vargas

    Thanks for the mini botanty class – now I know what a rimmed receptacle is! So looks like a flower overflowing with sunshine. Beautiful, thank you.

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