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PlantFiles: 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

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

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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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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


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 punaheledp 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.


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

Fresno, California (2 reports)
Sacramento, California
San Francisco, California
Salt Lake City, Utah

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