Latin name Eschscholzia californica is an annual wildflower in the poppy family. This Native American wildflower is super drought tolerant. Plants are spreading and low growing, creating a beautiful blanket of lacy foliage.



Native to parts of North America. Named the state flower of California in 1903. A popular medicinal, edible and cosmetic plant of many indigenous tribes of the western U.S.


  • Ornamental
  • Beds, borders, containers, cottage garden, cut flower garden, cutting garden, wildflower mixes




  • Seeds germinate in 7-14 days.
  • Should be direct seeded, as the plants do not transplant well.
  • Scatter seeds in place as soon as soil can be worked in spring and cover with 1/8-1/4 inch of fine soil.
  • Ideal germination temperature is 50-65 F.


  • Provide plants with full sun.
  • Plants are quite drought tolerant and prefer rich, well-drained soil.
  • The plants are fairly adaptable and can tolerate lower fertility soil.
  • Space plants 6-8 inches apart.
  • Deadhead to encourage continued blooming.


  • Standing water or poorly drained soil can result in rot and fungal disease. Provide well-drained soil to avoid these issues.
  • Thrips can be a pest of California poppy; treat with organic insecticidal soap.


  • Plants will readily reseed in the garden year after year, but you can hand save seeds as well.
  • The seeds will explosively disperse across the garden when ripe. To prevent this, pick seed heads when just dried and place in a paper bag to contain them while they finish drying.
  • Store seeds in a cool, dark, dry place. .