One Last Herb/Spice

California Poppy

1.Where you live


2. Botanical/Latin name

Eschscholiza californica

3. Folk and common names

California Poppy

4. Scientific Classification – Division/class/family/etc.

Kingdom – Plantae
Subkingdom – Tracheobionta
Superdivision – Spermatophyta
Division – Magnoliophyta
Class – Magnoliopsida
Subclass – Magnoliidae
Order – Papaverales
Family – Papaveraceae
Genus – Eschscholzia Cham.
Species – Eschscholzia californica Cham.

5. Whether it is an herb or a spice


6. A photo of the plant (This doesn't need to be one that you took, just an image that shows the plant. is a great place to get accurate plant photos.)


7. Any folklore you can find

Native American people were known to use this for toothaches and as a pain reliever.

8. A description of the herb/spice (What it looks like, parts of the plant, how you can identify it, where it grows, life cycle - ie annual or perennial, light needs - ie full sun or shade, etc.)

A perennial that grows to about 2 feet. It grows best in sand soil with minimal watering. It has different colored petals that are good for attracting bees.

9. It's medicinal properties (If used is it an anti-inflammatory or perhaps its a diuretic, etc. Remember those big fancy words you just learned about?  This is where you will use them!)

Used to help relieve anxiety and has some pain relieving properties. Natives used this in the hair to kill lice as well. It's root juice has also been used to help with stomach issues. Also used for restless leg syndrom, insomnia, and nervous tension.

10. Your sources
Providence Apothecary and Holistic Center Desert Medicinal Plants Author John Lee ... al-plants/
United States Department of Agriculture Classification Author USDA ... display=31
The Way of the Witch Plant Focus: California Poppy Author Tova ... poppy.html


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