As that turns out, it’s not entirely true!
You can pick, bend, eat or smoke a Poppy as long it is not on state property.
However, if a Poppy or any other flower is on School, Park, a median or even outside a courthouse, DO NOT pick or hurt the flower.
Can you cut back California poppies?
Poppies first bloom in the spring or summer. Once the blooms drop off, the leaves begin to turn brown and the stems, black. Cut back the poppy stems. Once the stems have transitioned to black, cut them down to about 3 inches above the base of the plant.
How long do California poppy seeds last?
Direct seeding is preferable, as poppies do not like to have their roots disturbed. Sow in early spring when the soil is still cool and light frost is possible (watch Flower Gardening from the Ground Up – video). May also be sown in the fall just before the ground freezes. Seeds will germinate in 10-15 days.
Are California poppy seeds edible?
California poppy flowers are edible. Since it belongs to the poppy family, as does the opium poppy, California poppy plants have a reputation as a nonaddictive alternative to the opium poppy.
Is California Poppy a perennial?
The California poppy is technically a perennial but is often grown as an annual, owing to its ability to go from seed to flower in a matter of weeks. A single plant can flower profusely over a long period before eventually setting seed and producing new flowering plants in the same season.
Do poppies open and close?
But flowers that close up at night, such as tulips, hibiscus, poppies and crocuses, aren’t sleepy. They’re just highly evolved. Plants that tuck themselves in for bedtime exhibit a natural behavior known as nyctinasty. Charles Darwin believed that plants close up at night to reduce their risk of freezing.
What to do with poppy plant after flowering?
Deadhead faded poppy flowers often to encourage more blooms. If left to seed poppies self-sow, so avoid unwanted spread by removing faded flowers in good time. To harvest seed pods, cut when the pods turn light brown and dry out for 1-2 weeks before breaking open and storing seeds in a jar for up to two years.
Should I deadhead poppies?
Some poppies are annuals and other are perennials. If you’re happy with the numbers of flowers your poppies produce, it’s not necessary to deadhead them unless you want to keep them from spreading. If not deadheaded, California poppies spread widely and can reduce erosion.
Photo in the article by “Wikipedia”