Botanical Name: Eschscholzia californica
Common Name: California Poppy, Golden Poppy  
Plant photo of: Eschscholzia californica
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Water Saving Tip:

Even during our hottest months we don't need to water daily.

Give your plants a chance to breathe.

Water late at night or in the early morning hours to avoid losses to wind and evaporation.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Annual


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Gold, Orange


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Blue Green, Grey Green, Light Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition



Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Meadow, Ranch, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, Roadside, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Filler, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Kathleen Moore
Photographer: Steve Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

This small annual (sometimes acts as a perennial) plant will grow to less than 1' x 1' and has light, small blue-green leaves with gold and orange flowers that bloom in spring and summer. Sow seeds in the fall. Reseeds easily.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball at ground level. 3. Prepare soil mix of equal parts soil and soil amendment. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build Basin and water.