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PlantFiles: California Poppy
Eschscholzia californica 'Mission Bells'

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: Mission Bells

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18 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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

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Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow

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


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive trioadastra On Jun 3, 2009, trioadastra from Ellsworth, WI (Zone 4a) wrote:

"Reseeds" is an understatement. I planted a few seeds 3 years ago, and they keep coming back with such a vengeance! I had to move a nearby coreopsis before they could conquer it completely. It's nice to have such a reliable patch of them every year; they have smothered the area around my lilies and are great filler for after the lilies bloom. I have to remove the occasional seedling that pops up 20 ft away, but it's a small price to pay for their flower power.

Positive CurtisJones On Jun 10, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests, inc.: We were blown away when a supplier sent us photos of a field of California Poppy 'Mission Bells'! A confetti of color - the beautiful, silky saucer-shaped pink, rose, red, orange, white and yellow, double and semi-double flowers look best when planted in large groups. The plants are drought-tolerant, once established. This variety is perennial in USDA zone 7 and warmer, but may reseed itself in cooler climates. This native U.S. wildflower is an excellent choice for "naturalized" or wildflower plantings and for soil erosion control.


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

Sitka, Alaska
Longmont, Colorado
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Roswell, New Mexico
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Spokane, Washington
Wilkeson, Washington
Ellsworth, Wisconsin

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