The seed was originally introduced as a limited edition California seed, available after reaching level 25, and was available for 9 days between February 24 and March 4, 2010. The seeds originally cost 120 coins to plant, and could be harvested every eight hours for 200 coins. They also awarded 2 XP per plot.
Harvesting Golden Poppies had a 10% chance of yielding Perfect Bunches, which could be used as a decoration. Golden Poppies lived up to 14 days in a perfect bunch and could not be sold.