Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

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

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Eschscholzia minutiflora, Pygmy Poppy

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Scientific Name: Eschscholzia minutiflora - (esh-SHOLE-tzee-a)
Common Name: Pygmy Poppy
Also Called: Pygmy Goldenpoppy
Family: Papaveraceae or Poppy Family
Synonyms: (Eschscholzia androuxii, Eschscholtzia minutiflora, Eschscholzia minutiflora var. minutiflora)
Status: Native
Duration: Annual
Size: Up to 12 inches more or less.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; plants erect or spreading, branching and leafy well above the base.
Leaves: Blue-glaucous, gray-glaucous.
Flower Color: Yellow; base of flower sometimes orange spotted, fruit a 2 inch capsule, seeds brown or black.
Flowering Season: February to May, March to May in California.
Elevation: Up to 4,500 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Sandy soil, desert washes, flats and slopes.

Recorded Range: Pygmy Poppy is found in the southwestern United States in AZ,CA, NV, UT. In Arizona it occurs in the western 23 of the state, few records in Yavapai county. It is also native to Baja California and northwest Mexico.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Eschscholzia minutiflora.

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.

There are 3 sub-species in Eschscholzia minutiflora:
Eschscholzia minutiflora subsp. covillei, Coville's Poppy, CA, NV;
Eschscholzia minutiflora subsp. minutiflora, Pygmy Poppy, AZ, CA, NV, UT;
Eschscholzia minutiflora subsp. twisselmannii, Red Rock Poppy, CA only.

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

Pygmy Poppy is somewhat similar in appearance to Desert Poppy, both are found in the same general areas however Pygmy Poppy is some smaller.

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

Date Profile Completed: 04/03/2016, updated format 09/29/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
Curtis Clark, FNA Family List | FNA Vol. 3 | Papaveraceae | 7. Eschscholzia minutiflora, Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford. (accessed 04/03/2016).
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: 04/03/2016]. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas, Austin, TX.
1993, The Jepson Manual, Citation: (accessed 04/03/2016),5568,5577
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information