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Sometimes nicknamed "fried egg plant", this flower does in fact resemble a fried egg. Its large, soft white petals surround a gorgeous golden yellow center with the slightest apricot aroma.
In 1890 this California native perennial was among the contenders for the state flower but lost out to another flower, the California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica).

Coulter's Poppy commemorates Dr. Thomas Coulter (1793-1843), an Irish botanist and explorer. Coulter was a physician with the Real del Monte Company in Mexico. During this period he collected and cataloged plants in the region. He eventually left Mexico and traveled the world exploring many countries and conducting botanical research culminating in Arizona and Alta California in the early 19th century. Though a physician by profession,he achieved success in different fields and is best remembered as a great explorer and a pioneer in botany.
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  • Taken: Aug 1, 2020
  • Uploaded: Aug 1, 2020
  • Updated: Aug 2, 2020