Gardening Tips & Flowers : How to Grow California Poppy (Eschscholzia Californica)

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.

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