|Eschscholzia californica (Orange California Poppy) Wildflower Seeds Be the first one to write a review|
Origin: US Native Wildflower
Other Common Names: Californian Poppy, Gold Poppy, Poppy
Bloom Time: Late Summer
Height: 6 in to 12 in
Spacing: 9 in to 12 in
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
USDA Zone: 3a-10b
Germination: No pre-treatment needed. Sow seeds just below soil surface at 70F and water.
Seeds Per Oz: 15600
These golden wildflowers have been the state flower of California since 1903. Their habit of opening and closing with the sun makes them appropriate emblems for the Golden State; they also have a holiday all their own, since April 6 is official California Poppy Day. This poppy was the first identified member of the Eschscholzia genus, identified in 1816 by German botanist Adelbert von Chamisso on an exploratory voyage to California and the Pacific Northwest. Chamisso named the genus after a fellow botanist, Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz, who accompanied him on the journey. In 1826, noted English botanist David Douglas gathered seed from this species for the Royal Botanical Society; this poppy became one of the first American poppies to cross the ocean to Europe.
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