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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
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.

Easy to grow and flowers quickly from seed, 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.

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

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