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Tufted Poppy
Eschscholzia caespitosa
  
About Tufted Poppy (Eschscholzia caespitosa) 9 Nurseries Carry This Plant Eschscholzia caespitosa is a species in the Papaveraceae (Poppy) family known by the common names Tufted Poppy and Foothill poppy. It is native to western North America from Oregon to Baja California where it is a member of the chaparral plant community. In California it is found primarily in the central Coast Ranges, the Sierra foothills, and the Transverse Range. This is an annual herb which is quite similar in appearance to its relative, the California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica). It produces patches of foliage made up of several leaflets per leaf and thin, erect stems up to 30 centimeters in height. The poppy flower has orange to yellow petals each one to two and a half centimeters long. The fruit is a cylindrical capsule 4 to 8 centimeters long containing tiny dark netted seeds. Because it is an annual, it is best used in a meadow-like setting with other annuals (see below).
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Size
Size
0.16 - 1 ft tall
1 ft wide

Fragrance
Fragrance
Fragrant - Pleasant

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Orange

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Neoterpes edwardsataNeoterpes edwardsata

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 3x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 5° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers average to rich soil. Soil PH: 6.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Bird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Lupinus species, Phacelia species, Clarkia species, Abronia species, Calfornia Buckwheat, White Sage, Chinese Houses, California Fuschia

Propagation
Propagation?
By seed, no treatment needed

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
7*, 8, 9, 11, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open places, slopes and flats of moderately hilly areas

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 3.7" - 65.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 1.99", Coldest Month: 28.2" - 59.3", Hottest Month: 57.8" - 86.8", Humidity: 0.58" - 38.43", Elevation: 19" - 6498"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Foothill Poppy, Tufted Eschscholzia


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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