Name: California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Growth habit: Upright plant with lacy, sparse foliage and bright cup-shaped flowers in various shades of orange, yellow, red or pink. Beware, they may reseed readily!
Light Level: Prefers full sun.
Water: Little to moderate. Very drought tolerant.
Fertilization: Fertilizer not needed.
Planting Medium: Well draining soil is preferred, but will grow in nearly any soil. They actually thrive in poor soil!
Common afflictions: Aphids
Pruning: None should be needed.
California Poppy Facts: California poppies are native to North America and can be seen as wildflowers all over the western coastal states in the US. These hardy little poppies grow in many different soil types and can resist dry, hot weather. They make a fantastic rock-garden plant that will happily grow where there seems to be little access to actual soil. Local governments in the western states spread California Poppy seed to help stabilize and rehabilitate hills and roadsides that have been disturbed. As you might imagine, the California Poppy is the state flower of California!
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