1 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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California Poppy Overview
Eschscholzia californica has been the national flower of California since 1903 and is also known by the names California poppy and golden poppy. It is a vigorous, bushy plant that produces attractive orange, yellow or red flowers in the summer. Flowers are produced on individual stems, they measure around 7cm across and have 4 silky petals. A popular golden-flowering plant used in gardens over the world to brighten up sunny, dry areas. Although it can survive mild winters, the plant is commonly treated as an annual in gardens, sowing seed every spring. It is used in cooking, often as a garnish and also has medicinal uses. A tincture can be bought in pharmacies to aid various ailments including depression, tiredness, nerve pain and trouble sleeping. This plant will survive mild UK winters, but it is normally grown as an annual.
Common problems with California Poppy
How to harvest California Poppy
Pick flowers as needed.
How to propagate California Poppy
Sow seed directly into a flowering bed in Spring.
Special features of California Poppy
Attracts useful insects
Colours may range from golden yellow, orange, white, pink and purple.
Other uses of California Poppy
Naturaliser, border, rock garden, mixed bed, walls, rock garden
Anti-depressant; leaves are smoked as sedactive.
Seeds are used in cooking.
Flowers - Annuals to direct sow in September
There is still time to direct sow these hardy annuals where you want them to flower next spring.