California Poppy 'Mission Bells'

Eschscholzia californica

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



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

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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


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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.