Friday, May 28, 2010

Matilija Poppy II

To answer Out on the prairie's question about my previous post, I went back and looked at the other photos from that day. Here's one of a different bloom that includes a bit more of the foliage. I also found a good image at this link. It does not resemble thistle the way prickly poppy does. I know prickly poppies also have some pretty good stickers (they are named appropriately). You can see that this foliage is darker, and more smooth and "friendly" than that of its prickly cousin.

Matilija poppies are also quite large—they grow up to eight feet tall. The ones in my photographs were only about waist- or chest-high. Now, for those of you who are wondering what a prickly poppy looks like, CalPhotos has some good examples of a variety that's native to California.

Thanks for asking—I always like learning new things about flowers!


  1. Thanks for the info. The variety in Nebraska has an even wider leaf than the one in CA, It is endangered because habitat is being made into farm and grazing lands. The area it is in is also very fragile, the soil can get lost in a blowout and take years to recover.I worked a study to make sure a buffalo herd was being moved around to not over graze a huge Natue Conservancy prairie at Niobrara Valley Preserve.One of my favorite places to hang my hat.

  2. very interesting, Leslie. Thanks for the information. i too with my Botony experience am unfamiliar with the poppy you have shown and described.
    The previous comment was also interesting. I'll have to check that out.


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