Eschscholzia californica (California poppy)

General

Annual to perennial forb that is low-spreading to erect, ½-2 ft. tall.

Leaves

Generally blue-green in color with three finely divided lobes.

Flowers

Four bright orange to light yellow petals on upright, freely branching stem. May also have distinct, darker orange centers. Flowers respond phototropically to low light levels, closing at night and on cloudy days.

Bloom

March through October.

Ecology

Found in open or disturbed, grassy areas to 7,000 ft.

Pollinators

Attracts bumble bees, sweat bees, mining bees, and butterflies. Oregon Bee Atlas participants have documented hundreds of native bees visiting California poppy including many small carpenter bees, and sweat bees.

References

Was this page helpful?

Related Content from OSU Extension

Ask an Expert

Have a question? Ask an Expert!

Ask an Expert is a way for you to get answers from the Oregon State University Extension Service. We have experts in family and health, community development, food and agriculture, coastal issues, forestry, programs for young people, and gardening.

Ask us a question