Eschscholzia spp.

Eschscholzia is a genus of 12 accepted species of annual or perennial plants in the Papaveraceae (poppy) family. All species are native to Mexico or the southern United States. Eschscholzia is related to the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum, but does not contain opiate alkaloids. The alkaloids present are more closely related to those of the Argemone genus. An attractive plant for rockeries or as a border, the finely cut foliage holds brightly coloured, poppy-like flowers that open in sunny weather.