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California poppy

Eschscholzia californica

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

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

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

ProblemsFungal diseases.

  • Genus : Eschscholzia
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Flower Color : Pink, Red, White, Yellow
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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