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vickijackson55
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 27, 2007
5:13 PM

Post #3785931

I found this flower growing among others that came from a packet of seeds titled "wild flowers". I haven't seen anything like it. I can't wait to see what it looks like when it opens up, if it opens up. Anybody have any of these and/or a picture of a mature one?

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ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 27, 2007
7:43 PM

Post #3786472

Definitely some sort of Eschscholzia (California poppy), there are a couple of red/pink/purple ones, hopefully once it opens you'll be able to tell which one.
http://davesgarden.com/pf/adv_search.php?searcher[common]=&searcher[family]=&searcher[genus]=eschsholzi&searcher[species]=&searcher[cultivar]=&searcher[hybridizer]=&search_prefs[blank_cultivar]=&search_prefs[sort_by]=rating&images_prefs=both&Search=Search&searcher[genus]=Eschscholzia
GardeningMommy
Farmington, UT
(Zone 6b)

July 31, 2007
4:16 AM

Post #3799591

Ditto--definitely an Eschscholzia californica. It's an annual, so what you have is mature. These reseed every year, so you'll be able to see more of them every year! Here's a picture one from my yard that I took recently. I scattered a packet of mixed colors, so I've got lots of variety, including some like yours. I don't know the specific cultivar though, sorry.

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ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 31, 2007
1:37 PM

Post #3800420

There are many types of these that are perennials too--I'm not sure if they would be hardy for you in zone 6, but for Vicki in zone 8 they probably would be. There are some annual types too, if we can get a picture of it once the bloom opens maybe we can figure out which one this is and know whether it'll be a perennial or not.

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GardeningMommy
Farmington, UT
(Zone 6b)

July 31, 2007
3:04 PM

Post #3800808

I had no idea these come as perennials. Thanks for the clarification, ecrane. I hate leading anyone astray!
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 31, 2007
7:25 PM

Post #3801870

I think it's a common misconception that they're annuals--I used to think that too until I started collecting CA native plants for my garden. I'd always loved the look of the poppies but since I hate annuals I never considered them. Then I went to a nursery and found there were a few kinds were labelled as annuals but most of them were perennials and I was so excited! I'm still not sure which sort Vicki has--most of the pink/purple ones that I've bought in the past have been the perennial sort so hopefully that's what hers is. In zone 6 they'll probably all be annuals though :-(
GardeningMommy
Farmington, UT
(Zone 6b)

August 1, 2007
5:17 AM

Post #3803980

Yeah, I'm sure something that thrives in California is bound to be an annual here. But since it reseeds, it may as well be a perennial! That's just the kind of annual that I'm looking for.
vickijackson55
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2007
7:44 PM

Post #3821072

Thanks to you who answered. The flower has bloomed, and pretty flower it is, not ugly weed.

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ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 5, 2007
10:14 PM

Post #3821648

The one in PF that looks most like it is 'Red Chief', I'm sure there are other reddish orange ones that don't have pics in there though.
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/56583/
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 6, 2007
1:17 AM

Post #3822328

Our annual poppies die from the heat in the summer and never ever come back again...unless we plant seed again the late fall...

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