California Poppy Red
Eschscholzia californica 'Mikado'

Family: Papaveraceae (pa-pav-er-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eschscholzia (es-SHOLT-zee-uh) (Info)
Species: californica (kal-ih-FOR-nik-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Mikado

Category:

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fresno, California (2 reports)

Sacramento, California

San Francisco, California

Salt Lake City, Utah

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Oct 27, 2012, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

Puna:

In my experience, California poppies germinate best in cool weather. I scatter-sow mine in March, when the daytime temps don't exceed 60 (frost danger isn't over until mid-May). I cover them with a thin thatch of dried grass clippings, which I keep damp until germination.

They do take a long time to germinate. They tolerate dry heat really well and also take quite a bit of cold. I am in a zone 6a, and I've had them live through the winter.

I don't know how well they'd tolerate the consistently warm Hawaiian nights while trying to germinate.

Neutral

On Jul 2, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

Am trying these here in zone 11. planted seed about 6 mos. ago, no blooms yet. How long does it take?? Like foliage (lacy light gray/green) even if it doesn't flower, nice contrast to other plants. Will follow-up if they prosper/die.