Lifespan: Annual to perennial. Usually grown as annual.
Growth rate: Rapid.
Mature Size: Normally 8" high.
Flowers: Orange-yellow flowers 2" wide.
Bloom: Winter into spring. Blooming period may last
up to four months among a group of plants.
Fruit: Long, narrow, grooved, seed pod.
Leaves: Feathery, highly-divided, blue-green.
Stems: No thorns.
Roots: Does not transplant once seed has sprouted, unless grown
in small plug and transplanted with a few days of germination.
Wildlife: Attracts bees.
Toxic / Danger: Mildly poisonous if ingested.
Origin: Western United States and Mexico.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 5-10.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun.
Water once established: Monthly. Supplemental water may improve
bloom but soil must dry out between waterings.
Soil: Well drained, dry, low organic content, not compacted,
pH 5.6-8.5 (acidic to alkaline).
Prune: Deadhead flowers to extend bloom.
Propagation: Seed. Self-seeds easily.
This species is highly variable. It includes the Mexican Poppy as a subspecies
— Eschscholzia californica var. mexicana. Other common names are
Golden Poppy and California Golden Poppy.
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