Also sometimes known as the flame flower or the cup of gold, the poppy grows wild all over California. It became the state flower in 1903. Every year April 6th is California Poppy Day. Former Governor Wilson proclaimed May 13-18, 1996, Poppy Week.
A common myth associated with the poppy is that cutting or damaging the California poppy is against the law because it is a state flower. This is untrue. There is a state law that makes it a misdemeanor to cut or remove any flower, tree, shrub or other plant growing on state or county highways.