PlantsEschscholzia→California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 30-50 cm (12 inches - 20 inches)
Plant Spread: 20-25 cm (8 inches - 10 inches)
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: cover the seeds thin
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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The Top 25 Annuals, Selected by ATP MembersThe Top 25 Annuals, Selected by ATP Members
By dave on January 18, 2014

Ever wonder what the most popular annuals appear to be? We have run a report of the most photographed and discussed annuals in our database!

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Photo gallery:
Date: 2009-03-23
By Calif_Sue
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2012-06-24
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana GardensDate: Sep 28, 2011 1:19 PM
By chelle
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Location: New MexicoMaurce J. Kaufmann http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/
By SongofJoy
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Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
By Calif_Sue
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Location: Santa ClaraDate: 2014-04-03from my yard when I lived there 7 years ago
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Location: My Cincinnati Ohio gardenDate: June 2012A clump of volunteer California poppies
By kqcrna
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Date: 2003-05-04Photo courtesy of: Vsion
By admin
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Location: ILDate: 2010-06-13
By molanic
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Location: ILDate: 2011-10-23#Pollination   Oct. 23 - A good late season bloomer for bees.
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Location: Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney,  N.S.W., AustraliaDate: 2012-10-26
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-03-28
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Location: Historic Sarah's Garden at the David Davis mansion, Bloomington, IllinoisDate: 2012-06-16
By BookerC1
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Location: Prescott, AZDate: 2017-05-01California Poppies Dress the Bare Bases of Climbing Roses
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Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UKDate: 2017-06-17In the kitchen garden
By kniphofia
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Location: Tarlton, OHDate: 2017-09-11
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-06-11Note seed capsule behind bloom.
By chelle
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Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
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Location: Lancaster, California
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Location: Riverside, CADate: 2015-03-30
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2017-07-24
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2017-08-20
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Location: Whitesboro, NY (Utica area)Date: 2018-07-19
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Location: Whitesboro, NY (Utica area)Date: 2018-07-19
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Location: Kalama, WaDate: 2011-07-10
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2010-05-31Spring plants from seed sown in Autumn.
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Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
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Location: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, CaliforniaDate: 2012-03-25Coastal California form is yellow
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Location: Point Mugu State Park, CaliforniaDate: 2014-03-14
By Kelli
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 7-5-06
By jmorth
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Location: Lenore, ID
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Date: 2011-03-30Photo courtesy of: Thomas
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-02-17
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Photo Credit: NPS/Keir Morse
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This species was introduced to Chile and grows wild in a great po
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-08-04
By jmorth
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Date: 2017-02-19First California poppy bloom opening up
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2017-06-28
By joannakat
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2017-07-02
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Location: Whitesboro, NY (Utica area)Date: 2018-07-19
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Location: Whitesboro, NY (Utica area)Date: 2018-07-19
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Location: Whitesboro, NY (Utica area)Date: 2018-07-19
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2011-06-15
By chelle
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2009-07-26
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Location: central IllinoisDate: summer 2009
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Location: Wester wallflower and poppies on Mount Diablo Bald Ridge TrailPhoto courtesy of: Miguel Vieira
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Comments:
Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 4, 2012 5:31 PM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Oct 4, 2011 2:42 PM

While an annual, California poppies reseed each year here in my garden so I have never had to replant them since I started seeds one spring and planted. My plants mostly bloom in a golden yellow color with some deeper and lighter gold blooms thrown in. I also have some off white ones. If there is enough rain they will start blooming in the spring and bloom non stop into the fall. If it is drier, they stop in mid summer and start blooming again come fall.

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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Jun 18, 2012 8:34 AM

These blooms open in the morning when the sun rises, and shine brightly all day. When the sun goes down, the petals close up for the night.

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Posted by kqcrna (Cincinnati, Oh - Zone 6a) on Nov 8, 2012 7:10 AM

I generally don't deadhead, and continue to find a few volunteers each year. They tolerate heat and drought well, and are very resilient. They also wintersow well.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Mar 22, 2014 10:22 PM

Native in the Pacific NW, from British Columbia to California, east to Arizona and New Mexico. Sometimes found in the median strip of the freeway, which is quite lovely. I wish the State would do more native wildflower plantings along roadsides. The genus is named for Johann Frederic Eschscholtz, a Russian scientist who visited California in 1816.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 20, 2013 9:21 AM

The state flower of California.

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