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Eschscholzia Genus

Californian poppy

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Poor quality
  • WaterDry

Description

Eschscholzia genus (Californian poppy). These are branched annuals and perennials, they will produce a clear sap. It will bear a single-poppy-like, star-shaped flowers in the spring that will close up in dull weather, in shades of red, orange and yellow with some very pretty hybrids available. The foliage is deeply dissected, blue-green and mottled. It will bears many-seeded fruits.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials, Fragrants

Origin

W.N. America

Interest and use

Grown for their bright, poppy-like flowers. Suitable for rock gardens and gaps in paving. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

They are fully hardy, and will require sun and will grow well in poor, very well drained soil. Dead-head regularly to ensure a long flowering period.

Propagation

Seed sown outdoors in spring or early summer.

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