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Sonoran Desert Poppies

Mostly annual herbs. Showy flowers usu. with five petals and numerous stamens. Several species, four shown here.

California Poppy

Eschscholzia californica


Platystemon californicus

Photo by Mike Plagens

Annual herb of spring time in the Sonoran Desert. Present only in wet years when they can cover vast hillsides. The image is hosted by Wikimedia     Detailed Description

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Delicate spring annual of wash banks and rocky hillsides. Present only after adequate winter-spring rains.   Detailed Description

Pygmy Poppy

Eschscholzia minutiflora

Prickly Poppy

Argemone pleiacantha

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Very small spring annual. Four yellow petals. Finely divided leaves.   Detailed Description

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Tall annual evident by mid spring and though summer. Large white petals with bright yellow center of stamens. Prickly, of course.   Detailed Description

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