Water Wise Plants
6 in. wide and 6 in. to 12 in. tall
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Bright orange, golden, pale yellow, red, cream, rose
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips
California poppies can be problematic because they are aggressive reseeders. They must be heavily thinned out in areas you want to keep them and removed in areas you don't want them. They can get to be a sizable one and a half feet wide and can smother other plants.
California poppies look great in wild areas and are lovely massed. They make excellent temporary fillers if you are starting a new bed with small plants.
California poppies can get by on almost no summer water, but they tend to look shabby and weedy under these conditions. To encourage continuous bloom, you should provide moderate amounts of water and trim the plants back to almost ground level when the foliage turns grey and the plants lose their flowers.
Most retail nurseries and many hardware stores sell seeds for California poppies. Larner Seeds, a mail order company, is a good source of seeds for some of the less common varieties of these California natives.
Plant seeds in the fall for a spring show. Be sure to cover seeds with mulch to hide them from the birds and water regularly until they sprout if the winter rains have not arrived.