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
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
Late summer or early 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

Common names
  • California Poppy
  • Californian Poppy
  • California Gold Poppy
  • California Sunlight
  • Cup of Gold

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  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 4, 2012 5:31 PM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Oct 4, 2011 2:42 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Jun 18, 2012 8:34 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Mar 22, 2014 10:22 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by kqcrna (Cincinnati, Oh - Zone 6a) on Nov 8, 2012 7:10 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 20, 2013 9:21 AM concerning plant:
    The state flower of California.
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dragonfetti On November 22, 2014 Obtained plant
Always some growing but the spring is of course the best time as they are all through the front yard. My husband's favorite flower.
lovesblooms On March 10, 2018 Seeds sown
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vanillabright On March 11, 2016 Plant emerged
paleohunter On April 7, 2022 Bloomed
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