Like an Egg Cracked in a Frying Pan

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Spotted this beautiful wildflower on a walk around Mission San Luis Rey.

I didn’t recognize it, so I emailed my photos to Grammy and Pop-Pop for identification (they are my resource for all things flora, fauna and bird!)

Well, a few minutes later, up pops their reply:

Coulter’s Matilija Poppy

They also gave me a link for more info. That website described the flower as spreading out like an egg cracked in a frying pan.

Isn’t that just a PERFECT description?

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The flowers are about 6 inches in diameter and consist of six crinkled white petals surround the sunny-side-up yellow center of multiple stamens.

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This extraordinary plant will begin creeping underground -(kind of scary huh?)- soon you will have a HUGE colony that can spread well beyond the parent plant.

…and I’ll tell you that’s the truth, because the plant I saw was 5 feet tall and 15 feet wide!
(I’d say you DEFINITELY shouldn’t be planting it in your little garden! )

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For myself I hold no preferences among flowers,
so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.
Bricks to all greenhouses!
Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!
– Edward Abbey

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