Eschscholzia californica (Papaveraceae)
An upright, compact annual or tender perennial native to California and the southwestern United States. Extremely drought tolerant, ideal for arid environments. The brilliant orange, cup-shaped flowers, are 2-4 inches in diameter, born individually on long stalks. Prefers full sun in light to sandy soils. Remarkably uniform and neat in appearance. A popular variety to press. Not hardy below 20 degrees F.
Miscellaneous: An excellent color accent to any wildflower planting. The state flower of California. Blooms close each night at sunset or on dull day. The finely divided foliage is bluish-green in color making identification easy prior to flowering.
Suggested Use: Borders, rock gardens, meadows, mixes.
Average Planting Success: 70%
Height: 12----18 inches
Germination: 15---30 days
Optimum Soil Temp. for Germination: 60°F--70°F
Sowing Depth: 1/16"
Blooming Period: April--August
Average Seeds Per Pound: 293,000
1 oz Covers: 340 sq.ft.
Seeding Rate: 8 lbs. per acre