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California Poppy
Scientific Name: Eschscholzia californica Cham.
Family: Papaveraceae
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
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Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones (as annual)
USDA: All zones (as annual)

Frost Tolerance: Hardy perennial in Phoenix, grown as annual in colder areas.

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Oregon to California, Arizona (USA)

Growth Habits: Perennial 8-12 inches tall, flowers to 2 inches diameter.

Watering Needs: Bloom lasts longer with some water

Propagation: Seeds sown in place in the fall.

This poppy is the state flower of California. It is an easy way to cover a desert landscaping area with bright yellow flowers. It was discovered by a plant-loving medical doctor on board a Russian ship.

Cultural Practices:
Fertilizing is not necessary, and excess fertilization will prevent blooming. Remove faded flowers to prolong bloom.

In Phoenix, sow in place from September to February. You can sow indoor at 60F (16C). The seeds should germinate in 10 to 12 days. Plant the seedlings before they are 4 weeks old because older seedlings will not transplant well. Space the plants 6 to 8 inches apart (15 to 20 cm)

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