California Poppy

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COMMON NAME

Standardized: california poppy

BOTANICAL NAME

Eschscholzia californica Cham.
Plant Family: Papaveraceae

OVERVIEW

Eschscholzia californica is a perennial or annual of the Papaveraceae family, growing to 5–60 in (13–150 cm) tall, with alternately branching glaucous blue-green foliage. The leaves are ternately divided into round, lobed segments. The flowers are solitary on long stems, silky-textured, with four petals, each petal 2 to 6 cm (0.79 to 2.4 in) long and broad; flower color ranges from yellow to orange, with flowering from February to September. The petals close at night or in cold, windy weather and open again the following morning, although they may remain closed in cloudy weather. The fruit is a slender, dehiscent capsule 3 to 9 cm (1.2 to 3.5 in) long, which splits in two to release the numerous small black or dark brown seeds.

common names & nomenclature 
The common name copa de oro means “cup of gold” and refers to the golden flower color.

Also known as:
california poppy, golden poppy, california sunlight, flame flower, copa de oro, cup of gold

The California poppy is the state flower of California, a tender perennial plant bearing blue-green leaves and 2 to 4 inch (5 to 10 cm) wide flowers that open in bright sun and close on cloudy days and at night. The California poppy is considered an ancient plant whose origins are not entirely known. Native Americans in California prized them as a source of food and for the oil that could be extracted from the plant.

PARTS USED

Aerial portion

TYPICAL PREPARATIONS

Most frequently used as a tincture. Also commonly combined with birthwort, night-blooming cereus, kava, lavender, passionflower, St. John’s wort, and/or valerian. Can also be taken as a tea or encapsulated.

PRECAUTIONS

Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
California Poppy

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