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The Antelope Poppy Reserve harbors the most consistent blooms of California's bright orange state flower, the California poppy, in the state. These bright orange poppies, which bloom from mid-February to mid-May, open during the day and close at night. They grow about 12-14 inches high forming rolling carpets of bright orange flowers across the reserve. Once they bloom, pollinators such as bees and beetles are necessary to pollinate these poppies so they can produce seeds for the next year's bloom.
It is illegal to pick a poppy on state land and city property (such as schools, parks, and medians). California poppies also wilt quickly after they are picked, so they do not make for good decorations in vases. Most importantly, the poppies in the Antelope Poppy Reserve need to stay in the reserve because each year, new plants grow from the seeds produced from the past year's flowers.
The California poppy can be found in California, Mexico, and across the western United States. Its seeds are used by people across the world as a medicine for anxiety, pain, toothaches, and headaches. Poppy seeds have other uses as well. They are added to foods such as cakes, porridge and pastries. They can also be used to make soap, paint, and varnish.
Visiting the Reserve, you have the opportunity to see the California poppy at its finest. Benches are placed along the eight miles of trails so you can relax, meditate, or just observe the peace and tranquility of the reserve.