Mexican Gold Poppy Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana A low, erect or sprawling, pale bluish-green plant with fern-like leaves, mostly near base, and orange-yellow, cup-shaped flowers borne singly on stalks.
Habit: native annual or perennial herb; variable; colony-forming.
Leaf: at base and alternate on stem, deeply dissected
Flower: 4-parted cup, solid golden orange to golden yellow with orange center (rarely white or pink with orange-yellow center), 2-3 in (5-7.5 cm) long and wide, on stalk as long or longer than leaf.
Fruit: narrow pod, 10-veined, to 4 in (10 cm) long, tapering to point.