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ESCHSCHOLZIA californica 'Orange King'

Image of Eschscholzia californica 'Orange King'

Maureen Gilmer

Family

Papaveraceae

Botanical Name

ESCHSCHOLZIA californica 'Orange King'

Plant Common Name

California Poppy, Orange King California Poppy

General Description

California poppy is a variable species found in the grasslands of the western and southwestern United States. An annual or long-lived perennial, 'Orange King' is slightly taller growing and has strongly orange flowers above lacy blue-green or gray foliage from spring throughout fall in the hottest climates. Plants will continuously bloom if pinched back, otherwise will produce interesting seedheads that will attract hungry songbirds.

California poppy prefers full sun and average, well drained soil, and is very drought tolerant. It be used in rock wall crevices, parking lot medians or naturalized as a wildflower in spacious areas. Rolling hillsides covered in Californica poppies is among the most beautiful of visual experiences.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm (12)

  • Width

    6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm (8)

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Western United States, Northwestern United States, Southwestern United States, California

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Bedding Plant, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes