Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Eschscholzia glyptosperma, Desert Poppy

Eschscholzia glyptosperma, Desert PoppyEschscholzia glyptosperma, Desert PoppyEschscholzia glyptosperma, Desert PoppyEschscholzia glyptosperma, Desert Poppy

Scientific Name: Eschscholzia glyptosperma - (esh-SHOLE-tzee-a)
Common Name: Desert Poppy
Also Called: Desert Goldenpoppy
Family: Papaveraceae or Poppy Family
Synonyms: ()
Status: Native
Duration: Annual
Size: Up to 10 inches or so.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; erect, acaulescent or nearly so, glabrous.
Leaves: Blue green, glaucous, numerous leaf segments, basal leaves.
Flower Color: Yellow; buds often nodding, glabrous, glaucous; petals small about 13 inch, fruit a capsule, seeds tan to brown.
Flowering Season: February to May, March to May in CA and TX.
Elevation: Up to 2,000 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Desert washes, flats, slopes and sandy soils.

Recorded Range: Desert Poppy is found in the southwestern United States in AZ, CA, NV, UT. In Arizona it occurs in the central and western parts of the state.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Eschscholzia glyptosperma.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: 12 species in Eschscholzia in North America; 4 species in Arizona, 11 species in California, 1 species in New Mexico and Texas.

The Plant List includes 12 accepted species names for the genus Eschscholzia.

Comments: The photos above were take at Death Valley National Park and Anza Borrego Springs, California (winter-spring 2016).

Desert Poppy is very similar to the popular California Poppy but much smaller and with several other technical differences.

In Southwest Desert Flora also see; California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica and Pygmy Poppy, Eschscholzia minutiflora.

Date Profile Completed: 04/02/2016, updated format 09/29/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search
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The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 04/02/2016).
Native Plant Information Network, NPIN (2013). Published on the Internet [accessed: 04/02/2016]. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas, Austin, TX.
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SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information