How to Grow California Poppy (Eschscholzia Californica)

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California poppy, or eschscholzia califronica, is a plant that should be started by seed in the spring. Grow California poppy and let them reseed themselves every year with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video series on flower... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to learn all about how to grow the California Poppy. The California poppy is native to California, and that's on the west coast of The United States. So, it likes really warm, warm summers, and it likes not too cold of winters. So, it does well in cold climates, though. It will come back, and reseed itself very well in almost any climate. Now, the California poppy, or Eschscholzia is a plant that was first found by the botanist and poet, Adelbert von Chamisso, and he lived from 1781 to 1838. Now, he named it in honor of his friend, Johann Friedrich Eschscholtz, and so the in California, we just call it the Eschscholtz poppy. And so, it's really easy to recognize. It's also on the sides of the freeways everywhere in California, and the best way to start is by seed in the spring. And it is the official flower and the emblem of California. It's just a beautiful plant, and they come in bronze to mauve and scarlet flowers. And they close on cloudy days, so they're not a good cut flower. They just kind of go limp, and they don't close inside the house, and on cloudy days they close. So, only on sunny days they open. So, I love plants like that. They're so fun in the garden. And they've got to be started by seed every year, because they are not a root that will come back from year to year. So, they reseed themselves, so a lot of times once you've got em' started you'll have em' for a long time. They grow well in zones six to eleven, so they can handle quite cold winters too. And a lot of times as they bloom and they look kind of trashy trim em' down halfway or just trim em' down a little bit above the ground and they'll grow new blooms for the late summer and fall. They're a great plant for your garden.