Another scan from my recent lunchtime
walk in Ventura. The red of these
poppies looks like it was brushed
on to a normal orange California Poppy.
They are a beautiful variant.
One of the interesting things about these
poppies is the way they adapt to their local
area. There can be a slightly different
variant that lives only in an area as
small as a single small valley.
This variation actually makes them more hearty in a
specific area, they are adapted to the exact conditions
In fact, it is actually possible to hurt the wild
poppy population by plating seeds. Since most of the
seeds you would get from the local garden supply shop
are from stock that was originally exported to Europe. Being
acclimatized for European gardens, releasing these plants
in an area with native plants can actually weaken the
resulting cross-pollinated next generation. Strange
but true. Oh, and don't even think of collecting
seeds in the wild, thats illegal. Oh well, some things
are just meant to be enjoyed where they live!