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Eschscholzia californica
California Poppy, Golden Cup, Cup of Gold
Type/Hardiness Annual, Biennial, Hardy
Flowering period Summer-early autumn
Height 10-20in/25-50cm
Light preference Full sun
Soil preference Well-drained, light
Sowing time/depth Mid-spring onwards, 0.25in/6mm
This drought-tolerant plant, with its finely divided grey-green foliage and very bright, shiny orange petals, looks wonderful near the edge of the border. Cut quite hard back after the first flush of flowers and it will quickly regenerate to provide further colour on well into autumn without becoming too straggly. They will happily grow in very poor soil, even gravel.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Californian poppies resent disturbance, so best direct sown March-April. Scatter seed thinly and gently rake into the soil. Thin as necessary.
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