A common misconception associated with the plant, because of its status as a state flower, is that the cutting or damaging of the California poppy is illegal. There is no such law in California, outside of state law that makes it a misdemeanor to cut or remove any plant growing on state or county highways or public lands, except by authorized government employees and contractors; it is also against the law to remove plants on private property without the permission of the owner (Cal. Penal Code Section 384a) California Penal Code.Link. Maybe they were thinking about some other kind of poppy.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Hah! I Always Suspected as Much!
It is not a crime to pick California poppies in California. Per Wiki: