Eschscholzia californica subsp. mexicana 'Sun Shades'
Eschscholzia californica subsp. mexicana 'Sun Shades' (California poppy) bears masses of chalice-like, silky flowers in shades of sun-rich orange. They make a dazzling display, especially when naturalised and allowed to self-sow. Height: 25 - 30cm (10 - 12in).
|Botanical name||Eschscholzia californica subsp. mexicana|
|Common name||California Poppy|
|Flower colour||Orange, Yellow|
|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 thinly, 6mm (¼in) deep in drills 30cm (12in) apart in well cultivated soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Thin out seedlings to 15cm (6in) apart. For Spring/Summer Flowering Pot Plants: Sow in a cool greenhouse or conservatory at 15-18C (60-65F) in the previous late summer/early autumn. Germination takes 14-21 days. Grow cool in full light and water sparingly. Plant out in spring after all risk of frost.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.|