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Eschscholzia caespitosa (Tufted Poppy)

Tufted Poppy, Tufted-Poppy, Foothill Poppy, Tufted Eschscholzia


Eschscholzia caespitosa (Tufted Poppy) is a showy annual forming a low mound of feathery bluish-green leaves. From spring to early summer, fragrant, 4-petalled, orange to yellow flowers to 2 in. across (5 cm) are borne atop thin, erect stems. After the petals drop off, a capsule will form and turn from green to tan. The capsule will eventually split and explosively releases its seeds in the landscape. Native to western North America from Oregon to Baja California, Tufted Poppy occurs naturally in coastal sage scrub, sandy meadows, and stream banks. It is quite similar in appearance to its cousin, the California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica). Quick to bloom and ridiculously easy to grow, it looks spectacular planted in drifts, adding a wave of warm color in the landscape. It is a fine choice for rock gardens, coastal gardens, or wildflower meadows.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall and wide (15-30 cm). will self-seed in the garden.
  • Performs best in full sun, in average to rich, well-drained soils. Tufted Poppy is heat and drought tolerant, and tolerates maritime exposure too.
  • A charming addition to beds and borders, containers, city gardens, coastal gardens, cottage gardens, rock gardens, and naturalized plantings.
  • No serious pest of disease issues. Deer resistant.
  • Cut back after flowering.
  • Propagate by seed sown in situ, in succession from early autumn to mid-spring.
  • Native to western North America from Oregon to Baja California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Annuals
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Annuals
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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