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Eschscholzia californica


Golden Poppy, California Poppy




Origin:  Native to the United States, specifically California.
Family
Papaveraceae
Genus
Eschscholzia
Species
californica
Category
Annuals, Perennials
Pronunciation
Temperature (°C)
-18 - (-12)
Temperature (°F)
0 - 10
Height
60 cm
Photographs
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
MayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
General Description
State flower of California, E. califonica is a variable annual or short-lived perennial with beautiful, long-lasting yellow or orange flowers.
Landscape
Excellent in flower beds or borders, or as a carpet on a dry, sunny slope (especially in maritime areas).
Cultivation
Grow in poor but well-drained soil for best flowers (a rich soil will see a plant with far more leaves and fewer flowers) in full sun. Remove faded blooms to prolong flowering.
Shape
Mat-forming.
Growth
Fast
Leaf Description
Finely divided blue-green leaves.
Flower Description
Flowers to 7 cm across, pale yellow to orange in colour (although typically showing as a bright yellow).
Fruit Description
Fruit to 8.5 cm, a many-seeded, narrow, ribbed capsule that splits explosively on separation from the torus.
Notable Specimens
Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
Propagation
Propagate by seed or allow to self-sow.
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