California Poppy

 

Eschscholzia californica by Ron KindigEschscholzia californica by Ron KindigEschscholzia californica: Commonly known as the California poppy, this is in the poppy family (Papaveraceae).  This perennial is native to California and can be seen in many beds in the Preview Garden. It grows from 6 to 15 inches high and has pale yellow to deep orange flowers 2 inches wide from the spring to the summer. It is used on hillsides along drives, in dry fields, vacant lots, in country gardens and for accent and color. Birds are attracted to its seeds and it is deer resistant. It should be planted in well-drained soil and needs little to regular amounts of water. In the summer water extends the blooming period. It should be planted in full sun and its flowers trimmed regularly otherwise the plant will go to seed and turn a straw color. It is the state flower of California. Seeds should be sown in the fall in mild winter climates and in the spring in colder regions. It is hardy to 0 – 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

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