A Field of Burbank's Crimson California Poppies, circa 1915

Summary

California legislators named Eschscholzia californica (the California poppy) as the state flower in 1903. Luther Burbank, an American horticulturalist who gained a reputation for his commercially successful plant creations, believed he could improve on the state flower. He selectively bred the California Native Yellow Variety and created not a vivid yellow, but a consistently crimson, poppy.

California legislators named Eschscholzia californica (the California poppy) as the state flower in 1903. Luther Burbank, an American horticulturalist who gained a reputation for his commercially successful plant creations, believed he could improve on the state flower. He selectively bred the California Native Yellow Variety and created not a vivid yellow, but a consistently crimson, poppy.

Artifact

Postcard

Date Made

circa 1915

Collection Title

Luther Burbank Papers 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

00.4.7142.4

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 3.438 in

Width: 5.375 in

Inscriptions

on front: 856 - A Field of burbank's Crimson California Poppies.

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