New Mexico Wildflowers: Poppy Family

Flowers are organized alphabetically by genus and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.

California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

In Albuquerque, California poppies are a garden plant. They qualify for this web page by virtue of existing in the wild in southern New Mexico. Even there, however, they're an introduced species.


Common or Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)

On a hike in May 2020, I discovered that this Old World poppy has begun to colonize the Elena Gallegos Open Space in the Sandia foothills. In less harsh settings, corn poppies are many-petaled. When left to fend for themselves in our dry climate, mostly they make do with four petals arranged in a cross.