California poppy collage of my photos manipulated with Photoshop
When spring comes to Chile, along the lines of rail, these small yellow poppies bloom, filling the fields of color. I do not like winter and when I see the gold thimble flower, I know the cold will leave my world for a few months.
The California poppy is a species of flowering plant in the family Papaveraceae, native to the United States and Mexico, and the official state flower of California. It was introduced into several regions with similar Mediterranean climates.
In Chile, it was introduced from multiple sources between the mid-19th century and the early 20th century. It appears to have been both intentionally imported as an ornamental garden plant, and accidentally introduced along with alfalfa seed grown in California. Since Chile and California have similar climatic regions and have experienced much agricultural exchange, it is perhaps not surprising that it was introduced to Chile. Once there, its perennial forms spread primarily in human-disturbed environments (Leger and Rice, 2003).