California Poppy Eschscholzia californica (Papaveraceae) An upright, compact annual or tender perennial that is native the southwestern United States. Very drought tolerant, and is ideal for dry, arid climates. The brilliant orange flowers, are 2-4 inches in diameter, borne individually on long stalks. Poppy's prefer full sun with light to sandy soils. Remarkably uniform and neat in appearance. A popular variety to press. Height: 12-18 inches. Germination: 15-30 days. Optimum soil temperature for germination: 60-70F. Sowing depth: 1/16". Blooming period: April-August. Average seeds per pound: 293,000. Seeding rate: 8 lbs. per acre. Blooms close each night at sunset or on dull days. The finely divided foliage is bluish-green in color making identification easy prior to flowering.
This native wildflower adds fiery sunset colors to gardens and yards
Medium 2-4 inch blooms wave atop ferny, blue-green foliage
Grows up to 12-18 inches tall and prefer full sun
Drought tolerant and ideal for dry, arid climates
Gorgeous in cut flower arrangements and press beautifully