California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica 'White Linen')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by DogsNDaylilies (SE Michigan - Zone 6a) on Aug 8, 2017 1:21 PM

This poppy is really interesting! I was concerned, at first, when I saw a yellow bloom appear; I thought I might have the wrong cultivar or that the name might be misleading. As it turned out, the blooms start out a creamy yellow and lighten over time. I posted a picture of a new bloom next to an old bloom so that you can see the difference.

These poppies also have an interesting bloom habit. I have grown American poppy (Flanders) before and I don't remember those closing at night, but White Linen will close at night and reopen for the sun in the morning, and the way it folds back up so tightly is really neat, it doesn't just squish together like a dandelion does... It wraps around and folds up nice and neat.

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chelle On March 20, 2015 Seeds sown
Direct sown - Ash tree bed
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