California poppy


: any of a genus (Eschscholzia) of herbs of the poppy family
especially : one (E. californica) widely cultivated for its usually yellow or orange flowers

Examples of California poppy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Annuals: nasturtium, flowering sweet peas, native California poppies, breadseed poppies (Papaver somniferum), wild sweet peas (Lathyrus vestitus). Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2024 Also, the California poppy is just one of several types of poppy in the state. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2024 Nerve Control 911 Nerve Control 911 contains a small dose of six herbal and plant extracts, including less than 150mg each of passionflower, marshmallow root, corydalis powder, prickly pear extract, and California poppy seed. Andrew Price, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Related Articles In extremely wet years, non-native invasive plants can expand their territory and compete with the native wildflowers – like the California poppy – for space and resources, according to Turner. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 18 Mar. 2024 In the Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles, California poppies gleam bright orange. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 17 Apr. 2023 Yes, in addition to the California poppy, California redwood, grizzly bear, and garibaldi fish, the pallid bat and the golden chanterelle are now official state symbols. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 3 Jan. 2024 Hey, gardeners: Jim Horacek, the manager of the Armstrong Garden Centers location in Del Mar, said Tuesday and Wednesday are good days to plant seeds for California poppies. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Dec. 2023 Strolling the wide, shaded Mar Vista Avenue is a respite from busy Lake Avenue, and cedars and cypresses tower above pollinator gardens full of black sage and California poppies. Dakota Kim, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of California poppy was in 1849

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“California poppy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

California poppy

: any of a genus of herbs related to the poppies and including one widely grown for its usually yellow or orange flowers

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