Mikado California Poppy

Eschscholzia californica

Bright red-orange flowers with silver foliage.

Like a blazing sunset dotted with scuttling clouds, Mikado’s red-orange petals and silvery foliage combine to form a stunning contrast. Enjoy these spectacular, self-sowing blooms for months at a time. Meadow or naturalized landscape plantings are especially effective. California poppies are generally drought tolerant and bloom from early summer into fall, but will take a break during heat waves. Honeybees and other bees relish the nutrient-rich pollen. Pairs well with a planting of Yarrow.

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Direct sow; do not transplant. Press seeds into bare, moist soil very early in the chill of spring. Keep soil moist, but not wet, especially when the days begin to warm and the soil is prone to drying out. Poppies can withstand crowding, so only thin if seedlings emerge less than 3" apart. Slow to start, but should take off once plants are 4" high. (Tip: to make broadcasting easier, mix seeds with sand.)

Days to Germination 5-10 days
Days to Maturity 55-60 days
Planting Depth 0"
Spacing in Row 4"
Spacing Between Rows 12"
Height at Maturity 12-18"
Width at Maturity 6-12"
Sun Preference Full Sun

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