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California Poppy Seeds - Orange Eschscholzia californica

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Unit Size Unit Price Savings Qty
Packet $3.95
1 Ounce Package $10.25
1/4 Pound Package $24.95 39%
1 Pound Sack $54.95 66%
5 Pound Sack $249.95
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California Poppy Seeds - Orange

When "wild" gardeners think of California Poppies, this is the one that comes to mind. Majestic, elegant, and stunningly colorful, this wild orange poppy is year-in and year-out among our most popular species. Though California Poppy Flower Seeds can, of course, be planted in smaller plots, they tend to truly dazzle when planted in abundance.

  • Fast Facts

    Name:California Poppy Seeds - Orange
    Botanical Name:Eschscholzia californica
    Life Cycle:Annual, Perennial
    Light Requirement:Full Sun
    Planting Season:Spring
    Plant Type:Medium length green stalks with bright orange blossoms with lighter yellow edges
    Features:Open Pollinated, Attracts Pollinators, Drought Tolerant, Container Garden, Easy to Grow & Maintain
    Color:Orange, Yellow
    Blooms:Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
    Plant Height:Up to 16 inches
    Plant Spacing:6-8 inches
    Planting Depth:1/16 inch
    Sowing Method:Direct Sow
    Cold Stratification:Yes; direct sowing is recommended in late fall or early spring for zones 2-8
    Seeds per Packet:400 mg
    Hardiness Zones:3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Ships:Year Round
  • Planting Instructions

    Poppy seeds need to be cold stratified to germinate. Learn how to cold stratify your seed here.

    Papaver Rhoeas act as perennials in moderate climates, but they perform as annuals where freezing temperatures and snow occur in winter. These poppies germinate most successfully in cool to moderate temperatures and they are, in fact, frost tolerant. Poppies flower best under cool spring weather conditions. Bloom decreases on poppies as temperatures increase in summer months.

    In growing zones 3 – 7, the Red Corn Poppy, Shirley Poppy – Mixed Colors and the Shirley Poppy – Mixed Double seeds can be planted in late autumn or early spring when a light frost is still possible.

    In zones 8 – 10, these poppy seeds should be sown in late autumn or winter.

    Poppies only need soil that is ordinary and moist, but well drained. The seeds should not be planted deeply; they just need to be compressed into the soil, as they need light to germinate. The best method for planting is to mix one part seed with 5 parts sand and scatter over the prepared growing area.

    These varieties of poppy seeds generally germinate in about 20 days. You can thin the seedlings to 6” to 8” apart after they emerge.

    If planting in rows, then plant the seeds 6” to 8” apart.

    Poppies do best if planted directly outdoors in their intended location rather than transplanting them. However, if necessary, they can be started in biodegradable peat pots indoors before the last spring frost. The entire peat pot can then be planted outdoors once the poppy seedlings are established.

    Poppies should be watered regularly, but they can tolerate dry conditions. It is not necessary to fertilize poppies.

    Red Corn Poppy and Shirley Poppy varieties can reach 2’ to 4’ in height at maturity with flowers up to 2” across.

    It generally takes about 60 to 90 days for poppies to bloom after the seed is planted. This timing depends very much on your growing zone and when you plant, along with Mother Nature’s cooperation. The bloom season for poppies is spring to summer. Poppy plants will bloom for a few weeks, but the length of bloom time can be extended by regular watering and application of mulch for moisture retention, as well as regular dead-heading of spent flowers. It is also recommended that the seed be sown in successive plantings to extend the bloom season of the poppies.

    Visit our Poppy planting guide page to learn more and watch planting videos.

  • Planting Video

  • Seed Coverage

    AmountRecommended Coverage
    PacketUp to 80 Sq. Ft
    Ounce PackageUp to 625 Sq. Ft
    1/4 Pound PackageUp to 2,500 Sq. Ft
    1 Pound SackUp to10,000 Sq. Ft
    5 Pound SackUp to 1.3 Acres

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Product Reviews

Global Rating: 5.00 from 8 reviews

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Glorious blooms!

This was my first purchase of seeds from Eden Brothers. Based on the way my front yard looks now, I think every one of them germinated! I live in Southern California and remember as a kid seeing these happy blossoms everywhere. Now I can enjoy them in my own little corner of the world and I'm thrilled! I will shop Eden Brothers in the future.


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Fall Planting

Planted this seed with the Larkspur for spring 2016 bloom. Will keep you posted. My brother's garden blooms this combination every year and it is beautiful.


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Memories of days before we were older

Order from The Edens shipped to Califoria, appropriately, distributed to 50 small cosmetics containers and taken to Easton Maryland to a Cousins Reunion and shared with the people I have not seen in 45 years from all over the country. What a happy group.


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Great job!

I love the Seed Packets; I'm putting one Packet into the DOI Veterans Theme Bag and sending a bag to US Department of Interior veterans as a way of thanking them for serving in our military services as well as working in the DOI; from east coast to HI and Alaska! Our organization is not yet a non-profit group & I thought long and hard about spending my personal funds on this but now that I have them, it has been well worth the expense and effort. Thank you!


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Tjhank you

Seeds arrived nicely packed and have been planted.


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The California poppies came up

I've had problems with little seed packets from the store in the past. Often the seeds don't sprout because conditions aren't perfect. So I bought 1/4 pound, figuring I could repeat until some sprouted. The first planting came up in abundance. (Oregon)


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Poppy Seeds - What they mean to me.

My seeds were very small... how such wonderful life can come from such a small thing is to say the least...... interesting.
I love my Poppy seeds... i scattered them all over... if just one from the thousands sprouts.... WOW.


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Can not rave enough about my success with the Eden Bros CA Poppy. Blown away by the results.

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