Mikado' poppy with its saucer-shaped, bright orange-red flowers adds loads of color when planted in mass. Dramatic sun lovers; flowers open in sunlight and close on cloudy days and night. A heat- and drought-tolerant plant requiring little care, it often self-sows, providing years of beauty.
• Botanical Name: Eschscholzia californica
• Family: Papaveraceae
• Native: North America
• Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 8–10; usually grown as an annual.
• Plant Dimensions: 12"–18" tall and wide
• Variety Information: 2"–3" scarlet and orange saucer-shaped flowers with four silky, paper-like petals.
• Type: California
• Exposure: Full sun
• Bloom Period: Spring to frost
• Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks beforeyour average last frost date, when soil temperature is 50°–60°F, or early to mid-fall for bloom the following spring. Mild Climates: Late summer to early fall for winter and spring bloom.
• When to Start Inside: Not recommended; roots sensitive to disturbance.
• Days to Emerge: 7–14 days
• Seed Depth: Scatter and rake in lightly
• Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 4"–6"