What is a Bear-paw Poppy
Below is a transcription of the above sign found at the Valley of Fire Visitor Center.
Bear-paw Poppy or Bear-claw Poppy or Desert Poppy – Arctomecon californica
Harsh undisturbed alkaline soils
1200 to 3000 ft (400 to 1000 m)
TYPE OF SOIL
SOURCE OF WATER
May to November
1 to 3 ft (30 to 90 cm)
ADAPTATION FOR SURVIVAL
Deep root system taps water stored before hard surface layer in very salty soils.
Leaves and flower stalk densely covered with fine hairs.
Common name comes from three-toed, foot-like shape of leaves.
Limited on distribution because it grows only on very alkaline soil.
Candidate for listing as Threatened/Endangered species.