California Orange

Quick Facts:

    • Hardy annual
    • The true orange poppy
    • Good for xeriscaping
    • Intense orange colour
    • Deer resistant

California Orange

Description:

Eschscholzia californica. This is the true orange single California poppy, and the state flower of California. California Orange California poppy seeds are great in wild looking beds, the colour is intensified when grown near anything purple. Eschscholzia californica is a wildflower native to Mexico and California, where it is the state flower. It thrives in arid regions and is substantially drought tolerant so it is a very good choice for xeriscaping. This plant can eject the seeds from its dried seed pods a surprising distance, so they may self sow in favourable conditions. But it is not listed as a noxious weed, and is easily controlled if it seems to be getting out of hand. Its unusual Latin name is in honour of the German botanist Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz.

Hardy Annual (HA) - it may overwinter in Zones 8-10

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
0.5g (approx. 212 seeds) FL3086A $3.19 In stock $0.00
2g (approx. 848 seeds) FL3086B $4.69 In stock $0.00
15g (approx. 6360 seeds) FL3086C $7.99 In stock $0.00
100g (approx. 42400 seeds) FL3086D $19.99 In stock $0.00
500g (approx. 212000 seeds) FL3086E $62.99 In stock $0.00
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Quick Facts:

    • Hardy annual
    • The true orange poppy
    • Good for xeriscaping
    • Intense orange colour
    • Deer resistant

How To Grow

Hardy, but short-lived perennial. Usually grown as an annual.  Follow along with this handy How to Grow California Poppies Guide and grow some history.! Grows to 5–60 in (13–152 cm) tall, with alternately branching glaucous blue-green foliage. The leaves are divided into round, lobed segments. Blooms are solitary on long stems which are silky-textured each with four petals. Flower colours range from yellow to orange, flowering from February to September. The petals close at night or in the cold, windy weather and open again the following morning. Flowers will remain closed in cloudy weather as well.

Latin
Eschscholzia californica
Family: Papaveraceae

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun
Zone: 1-10, winter hardy in 8-10

Timing
Direct sow outdoors in spring after last frost – mid-March on the coast, or direct sow in autumn. It can be started indoors, but does not like being transplanted.

Starting
Sow seeds 5mm (¼”) deep, spaced 20-25cm (8-10″) apart. Seeds should sprout in 14-21 days.

Growing
Grow in any average, well-drained soil. Deadhead regularly to prevent self sowing. Very likely to self sow.