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Eschscholzia californica Seeds
A simple poppy from California with bright upright flowers and feathery foliage. Flowers open in sun then close when night falls. I recommend making two spring sowings, one in March then again in May for flowers all summer long. Sow again in autumn for early flowers the following year. Californian Poppies are easy to grow, produce masses of flowers and they are perfect for edging paths too.
Height & Spread
30cm tall x 20cm wide (12 inches tall x 8 inches)
Sow outdoors in late summer/autumn for nice strong early flowering plants Sow again in March, April and May for flowers lasting until late summer.
Eschscholzia dislike root disturbance - it's best to sow them where you want them to flower. Allow 30cm (12 inches) between plants.
When the young Californian Poppies are established they are drought tolerant. They need free draining soil in full sun so sandy soils and gravel gardens are best.
Eschscholzia takes ten weeks to flower from a spring sowing. Flowers in shades of gold and orange produced from May to August.
Pick early in the morning or on a cool evening and stand them in deep water for a few hours before arranging. Lasts 5 days in a vase.
Grow Eschscholzia with other drought tolerant plants such as Nigella. Lovely with Gypsophila 'Covent Garden' and brilliant in a vase with blue flowers such as Cerinthe and Salvia viridis.