Eschscholzia californica subsp. mex 'Monarch Mixed'
Eschscholzia californica subsp. mexicana 'Monarch Mixed' (California poppy) produces a regal mix of semi-double and single blooms in cerise, carmine, red, orange and yellow. These dainty hardy annuals are tougher than they appear and positively thrive on poor, dry soils. The papery flowers attract bees and hoverflies, and make excellent, if short-lived, cut flowers. California poppies are easy to grow in beds and borders, or let them self-seed throughout gravel gardens to form natural drifts. Height: 23cm (9in). Spread: 25cm (10in).
|Botanical name||Eschscholzia californica subsp. mex|
|Common name||California Poppy|
|Flower colour||Orange, Yellow, Pink|
|Foliage colour||Silver/Grey, Green|
|Plant type||Flower Seeds|
|Season of interest||Summer|
|Time to maturity||1 - 2 years|
|Ultimate height||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Ultimate spread||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Useful/additional information||Sow mid spring to early summer where the plants are to grow, setting the seed 6mm (¼in) deep, preferably in an open sunny position in any ordinary well drained soil. Thin the seedlings to 15-23cm (6-9in) apart when large enough to handle. Remove the flowers regularly as they fade to prolong flowering. Gradually acclimatise eschscholzia plants to outdoor conditions when all risk of frost has passed before planting outdoors in any well drained soil in full sun. Water regularly until plants are fully established. Deadhead faded eschscholzia flowers to prevent them from self seeding.|