Q.Someone told me since the California Poppy is a state flower, that if you plant them in your yard, you can’t pull them out? I told
her that’s true, you can’t pick them or pull them out in public places, but you can do that in your own yard. Just want clarification on picking or pulling California Poppies on private property?
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According to the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, there is no specific law protecting California poppies. However, picking and selling flowers without permission from land you do not own can be considered petty theft or tresspass. As long as you own the property, you can do whatever you want to with the flowers.