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: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Gold (Yellow-Orange) Bright Yellow
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Foliage: Herbaceous Blue-Green
Other details: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
On Mar 15, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:
I originally grew these in containers in 2007, around my agave truncata and in my flowerpot rack display. Much to my amazement they have spread to all my flowerbeds , and continue in the original containers I planted them in . They look so beautiful with the bluebonnets and the Texas paintbrush in the open field they have now colonized next to my home . The state lower of California and the state flower of Texas look amazing blooming together. I will post pics as soon as they bloom .
On Aug 9, 2010, DRAGONSLAYER from BRESLAU Canada wrote:
I PLANTED THESE BEAUTIES IN POTS , WHICH I SET IN AND AROUND THE GARDEN. THE FOLLOWING SPRING , THEY SPROUTED ALL AROUND WHERE THE POTS WERE , I LIVE IN ONTARIO , CANADA , SO THEY DO JUST FINE IN THIS COLDER REGION. I NOW COLLECT THE SEEDS AND PLANT WHERE I CHOOSE AND ENJOY THEIR STEADY SPRING / SUMMER COLOUR = )
On Mar 17, 2010, gojo from Camano Island, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I am a wildflower lover and this is my overall favorite. It may not be the best at attracting bees, butterflies etc., but it makes up for it with needing no maintainence and growing in places few other plants will grow, giving those parts of my land a colorful show from frost to frost.
On Jul 21, 2009, garyswyfe from Martinez, CA wrote:
California Poppy is a gorgeous plant and can be seen everywhere in Northern California in the Spring. I've attempted to plant these seeds numerous times in order to enjoy the show in my own yard. My experience has been, however, that they never grow where I seed them. They do appear in every crack and crevice and planting bed other than the one I wanted them in! Can't explain, but have had better luck buying the plants. Seems to be the only way I can make them stick to a preferred area!
On Jul 20, 2009, CLScott from Calgary Canada wrote:
California poppies are a self seeding annual in Calgary, Canada.
They come in a wide range of colours from white to purple. However, it is the original orange California poppy which is most likely to reseed itself.
On May 11, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:
These are perennial and nearly indestructible in Seattle, and reseeds vigorously as well. Fortunately the seedlings are easy to pull. I only let it grow in out of the way places because, while spectacular in bloom, it gets mildewy and ratty looking in late summer.
On Mar 16, 2008, peachespickett from Huntington, AR wrote:
Grew these from seed in raised desert bed here in Western Arkansas, grew like crazy, I let them reseed a few times, and the seedlings and the bigger ones I didn't pull out lived all through winter here, we had 15-20 degrees a few nights, snow storms and a whole lot of rain, and everytime it warms up they just keep putting out more leaves.
On Aug 10, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:
I would never think 'eschscholzia' had anything to do with the poppy of my childhood...I have had these California lovelies in my yard all my life. My mom used to hold one up under my chin and say that if my chin glowed yellow, then I certainly liked butter! I would collect the seed pods every year, even if that really didn't need to be done since the plants always resowed themselves. The blossoms are so silky and delicate...a wild thing to treasure forever.
On Jun 16, 2007, thetripscaptain from Racine, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:
I have some 1-4" tall seedlings of CA poppy going right now. They're doing really well, unlike some other species of poppies I've tried to grow here. As far as being poisonous/narcotic... I really don't think it's either. It is said to have some ralaxing/calming properties and some people do indeed ingest it for these properties, but I have never heard of anybody getting poisoned. I, however, have never consumed CA poppy.
On Sep 12, 2005, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:
A great dryland plant. Starts blooming just as it begins to warm and early spring flowers are starting to fade. Here in So. Oregon they grow like a weed, getting started just after the fall rains hit and usually grow all winter, unless we have an unusually cold year, then seedlings spring up when it warms up. I pull them from where I don't want them and let the rest go.
On Apr 7, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
Not winter hardy in my area but I grow from seed sown in mid May. The poppies grow quickly and will take over the area in which their sown and give me continuous bloom from mid summer to frost. Delightful!
On Apr 6, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:
These are borderline winter-hardy in my Zone 7 dryland garden. Both old plants and seedlings appear every year. I weed them out of wherever I don't want them, and that's all the care they get. I haven't had any luck with the "fancy" (purple, pink, white) varieties from seed yet--I'll see how things go this year.
On Oct 13, 2004, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
My plants at home bloom with orange flowers in the spring. In early summer, then they have smaller, yellow flowers.
The wild CA poppies of the Antelope Valley are the classic, large orange flowers. The wild CA poppies of the Santa Monica Mountains are smaller and yellowish. (These are Eschscholzia californica, not another species.)
I read that miners would look for stands of yellow CA poppies as they were indicators of mineral-rich soil. I don't know if that is true, as I get both colors from the same plant, depending on the time of year.
On Jul 3, 2004, jhyshark from Scottville, MI (Zone 4b) wrote:
Even in zone 4b, these self-sow freely and come up each year. But I have to live with where they want to come up, because I can confirm that they do not like transplanting. The extras are easy to pull out however... in fact, you don't even have to worry about pulling the root since they are an annual. They add splashes of color in the rock garden when not much else is blooming.
On Aug 4, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:
An easy annual with golden-orange and silky petaled flowers. Plants grow about a foot tall and a foot wide with finely cut gray-green foliage. Very tolerant of poor dry soils and will self seed abundantly.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Anchorage, Alaska Apache Junction, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Salome, Arizona Huntington, Arkansas , California Brentwood, California Castro Valley, California (2 reports) Ceres, California Chico, California Clayton, California Elk Grove, California Encinitas, California Eureka, California Fairfield, California Fontana, California Fremont, California Fresno, California Garberville, California Glendale, California La Riviera, California Laguna Beach, California Laguna Woods, California Lake Forest, California Las Flores, California Los Angeles, California (3 reports) Manhattan Beach, California Martinez, California Merced, California Modesto, California North Fork, California North Highlands, California Oak View, California Richmond, California Sacramento, California (2 reports) San Anselmo, California San Clemente, California San Francisco, California San Jose, California San Leandro, California Vacaville, California Yucaipa, California (2 reports) Colorado Springs, Colorado (2 reports) Gainesville, Florida Jacksonville, Florida St Charles, Illinois Barbourville, Kentucky Grand Rapids, Michigan Scottville, Michigan Ypsilanti, Michigan Springfield, Missouri Evergreen, Montana Helena, Montana Lincoln, Nebraska Scottsbluff, Nebraska Henderson, Nevada Sparks, Nevada Blackwood, New Jersey Roswell, New Mexico Cayuga Heights, New York Zena, New York Cincinnati, Ohio Newark, Ohio Corvallis, Oregon Deschutes River Woods, Oregon Gold Hill, Oregon Klamath Falls, Oregon Oakland, Oregon Portland, Oregon Salem, Oregon Springfield, Oregon Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania East Sumter, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina Winnsboro, South Carolina Austin, Texas Beaumont, Texas Copperas Cove, Texas El Paso, Texas Grand Prairie, Texas Houston, Texas Roman Forest, Texas Round Rock, Texas Farmington, Utah Farr West, Utah West Valley City, Utah Norfolk, Virginia Camano, Washington Kalama, Washington Kenmore, Washington Millwood, Washington Seattle, Washington (2 reports) Sissonville, West Virginia Milwaukee, Wisconsin Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin Wind Point, Wisconsin