The official state flower of California, California Poppy or Eschscholzia californica. A simply beautiful golden spring flower, it brings smiles to all who see it. Taking a drive through and to the desert area near the Antelope Valley Poppy reserve located in Lancaster, California we stopped to stretch our legs by a roadside cluster of poppies. This particular brilliant golden one against the silvery-bluish rock background caught my eye. May it catch yours too!