Common Name: Californian Poppy
Botanical Name: Eschscholzia californica
When to Sow: Spring - Summer
Planting Position: Well-drained soil in full sun
Days to Germinate: 10-14 days
Flowers in: 8-12 weeks
Lifespan: Annual - Lasts one year
Fertilise: Feed seedlings fortnightly with a soluble liquid fertiliser
Did you know?
Californian Poppies or Golden Poppies are a native of California and grow freely throughout the state. In 1903 California Golden Poppy was given the honorary title as the official State flower of California.
Pick when the blooms are tightly shut to make a lasting cut flower.
California poppy flowers are edible. The golden-yellow petals add colour and create interest to basic salads.
About Californian Poppies: An excellent filler to mix with other colourful annuals. These bright and bouncy poppies naturalise readily and won't take long to illuminate a challenging garden space.
Tips for growing: Sun-loving plants that will tolerate dry conditions and flower all summer long. Californian Poppies do not like their roots to be disturbed. Sow seeds direct where to grow or start seeds in biodegradable peat pots to move the plant, pot and all to another position.
Bee & Butterfly Friendly - Californian poppies attract bees and insects to the garden. Butterflies are particularly attracted to the poppy nectar.