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Mexican Gold Poppies

Fort Bliss, TX, United States
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While I was out in the El Paso area, I got introduced to these beautiful little flowers called Mexican Gold Poppies. They are a very early season flower. From what I understand, they can start blooming in early as late January in the Desert Southwest, but by April they are just about finished blooming. This is exceptionally early for a wildflower, even this far south.

I found these ones growing near the Border Patrol Museum, which I think technically might actually be on Fort Bliss property. Our guide told us that these were among the last of this season's poppy blooms.

I do not know if this flower is a close relative of the famous California Poppies or not.

I do know that these Mexican gold poppies are beloved by the locals in El Paso-Juarez-Las Cruces. They are to the Chihuahuan Desert what the Bluebonnet is to the Texas Hill Country. An extremely popular, early-season flower that everybody loves!
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National Border Patrol Museum
This museum features several displays that discuss the history of the US Border Patrol. These poppies were growing near the museum.

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