California poppy

Eschscholzia californica

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
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Genus:  Eschscholzia

California poppies grow to about 12 inches tall, and their pretty foliage is ferny, like carrot tops. They come in a variety of colors, from the standard golden orange, to yellow, cream, and red. Grow them in a border or rock garden.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

The flowers close in cloudy weather. Native to western North America.

Care: 

Provide sandy, very well-drained soil in full sun. California poppies will not tolerate poor drainage. 

Propagation: 

Sow seed in situ in spring or early autumn. Sow seed in succession for a continuous display.

Problems: 

Fungal diseases.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Bees,
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
Red,
White,
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Roadside,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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