Vibrant flowers provide a striking contrast to the feathery foliage.
Mixture of bright shades. Richly flowering with large blooms and bushy growth. The flowers only open in sunshine.
For borders and rock gardens. Best grows in warm locations, light, well-drained garden soils.
Remove dead flowers as Californian Poppy is self-sowing. It does not tolerate transplanting.
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.
Genus - Eschscholzia
Species - Californica
Variety - Special mix
Common name - Californian Poppy
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 10
Height - 0.30 - 0.40 m
Spread - 0.25 m
Plant type - Annual FLower
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 / Yellow, dark red, cream, pink
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 +20C (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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