Eschscholzia californica

Eschscholzia californica

California poppy

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Eschscholzia californica
  • Common name: California poppy
  • Plant type: Annual

Height: 30cm

Spread: 15cm

Flower colour:
  • Orange
Foliage colour:
  • BlueGreen
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Collect seed
Collect seed
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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