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common name: California poppy
poisonous or irritant
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 6 to 10
Annual or short lived perennial. Ferny grey-green foliage and bright, usually orange flowers. Often self seeds. Very pretty scattered along a border. Some lovely varieties available as seed.
Easy to grow, prefers full sun and well drained soil. Will thrive in poor dry soils.
From seed. Sow in February or March in trays or outdoors in their final position from March to May. Germination takes 5 to 10 days at about 20°C. Seed may also be sown in autumn for flowering in late spring. Thin seedlings if necessary and transplant when large enough to handle.
Official state flower of California.