CALIFORNIA POPPY DAY IS REAL
The California Poppy is one of the most known flowers, at least here in Cali. It's hard to argue its beauty.
If you have ever witnessed a field in full bloom of sunkissed poppies you begin to understand why this delicate beauty is our official state flower.
Our state loves this gorgeous flower so much that we even have annual festivals dedicated to celebrating the eye-popping displays.
BUT WHY THE POPPY?
In 1890 the California State Floral Society held an election to determine the state's signature flower.
The contestants were the Mariposa Lilly, the Matilija Poppy and the frontrunner, a plant already known as the California Poppy.
“According to all reports, it smashed its opposition,” Char Miller, director of the environmental analysis program at Pomona College, said about the California Poppy.
It took more than a decade for the legislature to make the title official. In 1903 the California Poppy became the state flower. April 6 is also dubbed California Poppy Day. ------SCPR.ORG
DON'T PICK'EM UNLESS YOU WANT JAIL TIME
For as long as I can remember, folks have said, "You can't pick the poppies, it's illegal."
Turns out this is a bunch of b.s.
According to Wildlife.Ca.Gov;
It is often believed that there are laws prohibiting the cutting or damaging of the California poppy because it is the state flower. While there is no law protecting the California poppy specifically, California Penal Code Section 384a requires written landowner permission to remove and sell plant material from land that a person does not own, and removing or damaging plants from property that a person does not own without permission may constitute trespass and/or petty theft. However, these laws do not prevent the collection of California poppies on private land by the landowner.
I love how they end this statement, "California poppies are a beautiful and easy-to-grow addition to your garden, and although you may choose to pick them from your property, they last much longer in the ground!"
All I know, sitting in my backyard sipping my morning coffee is even better in Spring when the poppies start blooming.
WHAT'S YOUR STATE FLOWER?
Tell us in the comments and share a picture.