Vibrant flowers provide a striking contrast to the feathery foliage.
Excellent in annual borders and sown directly into containers for easy colour.
These are tough and drought tolerant. Full sun and well-drained soil with average fertility are needed for best performance.
It is ideal for spring and summer border, formal or informal.
It looks most beautiful in massive, naturalistic sweeps. It also adds color to tough urban landscapes and roadside plantings.
Genus - Eschscholzia
Species - Californica
Variety - Red Chief
Common name - Californian Poppy
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 10
Height - 0.30 m
Spread - 0.20 m
Plant type - Annual
Exposure - Full sun (no flowers in shade)
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acid, neutral (pH 6.6-7.5)
Soil type - Chalky, well drained, sandy, poor quality
Water requirements - Average water needs. Water regularly, do not overwater, drought tolerant
Landscape uses - Spring and summer border, formal or informal.
Bloom season - June - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Red
1. California poppies can be grown only by seed planted directly in a permanent spot. They resent transplanting and will slow their growth or die if moved.
2. Sow the seed directly in the garden as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring. California poppy likes full sun and poor soil conditions. Sow also in the fall in mild-winter areas, especially in the West.
3. Trim off spent blooms once California poppies begin to fade - usually once temperatures exceed +22C. (If this occurs in late spring, just trim off any spent flowers and leave the carrot-like foliage. The plants may well rebloom.)
4. Water in moderation, if at all. These wildflowers are drought-tolerant, so don't worry much about watering unless you're in an extremely arid region.
5. Pull plants up after the first frost. (source: ehow.com)
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