(3 photos) We’ve been seeing this fabulous flower on our walks in the San Bernardino National Forest, and we’ve been calling it the fried egg flower. That would be a fried ostrich egg, not a fried chicken egg. These flowers are really huge.
These California natives are Matilija Poppies. They’re also called the “Queen of California Flowers” according to the California Native Plant Society.
“large white blooms are the size of a saucer … reach 5 to 8 feet tall and spread by underground stems … only found in a few locations in California (I’ve not seen them in Angeles National Forest, just in San Bernardino National Forest) … Seeds will not germinate unless they have experienced the flash heat of wild fire.”
Behind the ranger station where we walk the dogs is a large California native garden. There’s a huge grove of these poppies with thousands of buds. I will return in a few days to see if the blossoms have opened. Can’t wait!