Californian Poppy - Eschscholzia californica
A vigorous, bushy, spreading plant to 30cm, with finely divided blue-green leaves and flowers to 7cm across which are usually orange but may be yellow or even red.
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Frequently encountered as a casual on rubbish tips and roadsides, but sometimes becomes naturalised in quarries, on railway tracks and waste ground.
In flower late May to August.
A perennial herb, but usually grown as an annual in Britain - it rarely overwinters other than in milder areas.
Widespread as an escape from cultivation in Britain.
Rarely recorded in the wild in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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