Eschscholzia californica

California poppy

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Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour






Skill level


Eschscholzia californica

Plant details

The California poppy, Eschscholzia californica, is a low-maintenance annuall for a variety of situations, with feathery bluish-green leaves and single blooms that come in shades of orange, red, yellow or white, which are followed by long, curved seed-pods. It can be grown in borders or containers and even used to fuill cracks in paving on a sunny patio.

Grow Eschscholzia californica in poor, well-drained soil in full sun. Deadhead regularly to ensure a long flowering period.

Family: Papaveraceae

Genus: Eschscholzia

Species: californica

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 15cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

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I planted seeds last autumn and kept them in the greenhouse. I now have lovely healthy plants. Please could you tell me if it is safe to plant them in the garden yet.

Many thanks


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