Fun Fact – 4/6 Is Poppy Day!

April 4, 2024

Public Domain image of California Poppy. Image used to celebrate April 6th, California Poppy day! Yes, it's really a thing.

The California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is out in force, and–get this–it has its own official holiday!

I guess that means it gets the day off?

It’s true. April 6th of each year California celebrates this visual reminder of our Gold Rush days. The poppy was named our official state flower in 1903. Contrary to popular belief, it is not illegal to pick–on your own land–but grabbing one off a roadside may well violate trespassing and petty theft laws. Besides, poppies last so much longer in the ground, are there for everyone to enjoy, and stand a better chance of being there again next year in even greater numbers.

Check out these links for more information on California’s native plants, and plants you should NOT plant in your yard or garden.