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botanical name:
Eschscholzia mexicana 'Sun Shades'
Eschscholzia mexicana 'Sun Shades' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Mexican Poppy
family:  Papaveraceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 0.30m
width: 0.30m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: ferny
leaf colour: blue-green
flower colour: orange
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: 7 to 10
description:
Hardy annual or short lived perennial. A selection with striking cup-shaped silky glowing orange flowers. Ferny blue-green foliage.

cultivation:
Easy to grow, 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.

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