The wildflowers are bloommin’ out there right now and Matilija poppies are poppin’. I snapped this iPhone photo at Santa Barbara’s Oak Park yesterday afternoon.
According to eFloras.org, a cooperative project by Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO and Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA:
“Romneya coulteri shares with Hibiscus lasiocarpos the distinction of having the largest flowers of any plant native to California.”
In 1890, the California State Floral Society held a vote to select an official state flower. Members chose between three flowers: Eschscholzia californica, the California poppy, Romneya coulteri, the Matilija poppy, and Calochortus, or the Mariposa lily. The California poppy won. The Matilija poppy, then called the giant poppy, received zero votes. (Cal State University Pomona)