California Poppy (Cut and Sifted)
Botanical Name: Eschscholzia californica
Common Names: Golden poppy
The California poppy is native to California but is found along the entire western coast of the United States as far north as Washington State and as far south as Mexico, in addition it has also be found in southern France, Australia and Chile.
The flower is usually golden orange in color, hence its common name “golden poppy.” The receptacle has an expanded rim that holds the young bud with two sepals until it blooms. The stem of the flower grows to approximately 5 to 20 inches tall, with teal colored leaves sprouting from its base. The plant is prolific, with numerous dark colored seeds held in the center of the flower within slender, ribbed single celled seed capsules.
Root, leaves and seeds are used. Bitter to the taste with subtle euphoric properties, the entire plant of the Californian poppy is harvested in maturity. It's dried and used for medicinal purposes as diffusion, tincture and powder.