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When I first moved to California eons ago, the native poppy captured my heart. The State Flower, poppies are just starting to grow on our hillsides.

Here’s an interesting fact from FactInformer.

It has been used by indigenous people in California since prehistoric times as a painkiller, sedative, and hypnotic drug. It produces mild psychoactive effects. Today it is used by many people to treat anxiety and sleep disorders.

Apparently the plant can be toxic in certain doses, however, so people should steer clear of the plant unless they consult with experts.

What’s your favorite flower?


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