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botanical name:
Eschscholzia californica 'Jelly Beans'
Eschscholzia californica 'Jelly Beans' © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  California poppy
family:  Papaveraceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 0.25m
width: 0.20m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: ferny
leaf colour: grey-green
flower colour: multicoloured
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 6 to 10
description:
Hardy annual or short lived perennial. Compact ferny grey-green foliage. Very showy large double flowers in a range of bright colours including oranges, yellows and pinks.

cultivation:
Easy to grow and flowers quickly from seed, prefers full sun and well drained soil. Will thrive in poor dry soils.

propagation:
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.

usage:
Good for hot sunny borders. Excellent for cottage garden type planted where they may be allowed to self seed.

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