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California Poppies are famous for illuminating entire hills on the West coast, but will add show-stopping color anywhere. No meadow is complete without these iconic orange blooms that last from spring all the way into the summer, often re-blooming in the fall. California Poppies are deer resistant, native, and extremely easy to grow, tolerating almost any soil. All of the seed we handle at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Native
Native
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 12-18 inches tall
Bloom Time Spring to summer
SKU ESCG
This famous flower, the state flower of California, (a very similar sub-species is called Mexican Gold Poppy) carpets whole coastal hillsides up and down the Pacific coast, creating one of the most famous natural wildflower displays in the world, usually in April. Viewing this spectacle from their ships, Spanish explorers thought the “golden display” meant that there was in fact, gold to be found in the flowery hills. California poppy performs well almost everywhere with its dusty dark green ferny foliage and brilliant golden orange cup shaped flowers. A blooming plant is somewhat frost-resistant, and often reblooms nicely in fall meadows. Flowers close in cloudy weather. The name “Eschscholzia” is after the Russian botanist, J. F. Eschscholtz, who visited the California coast in the early 1800’s.
Associated SKUs
ESCG
ESCQP (1/4 Pound)
ESCLB (1 Pound)
ESCLB5 (5 Pounds)
ESCLB10 (10 Pounds)
Common Name California Poppy
Botanical Name Eschscholzia californica
Seed Life Cycle Annuals
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Orange
Mature Height 12-18 inches tall
Bloom Time Spring to summer
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1/4 lb covers 1,089 sq ft.
1 lb covers 4,355 sq ft.
5 lbs covers 21,775 sq ft.
10 lbs covers 1 acre
Seeds Per Pound 294,835
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil
Native To North America
Native To Southwestern United States
Native Yes
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Advantages Deer Resistant, Easy to Grow, Native, Extended Blooms
Additional Information Perennial is warm regions. Annual in cold regions.
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes

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American MeadowsCalifornia Poppy Seeds
 
3.9

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (11)
  • Vivid colors (10)
  • Hardy (9)
  • Accurate instructions (8)
  • Low maintenance (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoors (12)
  • Large areas (9)
  • Garden (6)
  • Border control (3)
  • Patio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (15), Getting started (6), Casual hobbyist (5)
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    • Personal (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

California Poppies

I planted California poppies with Mexican poppies, lupines, and California bluebells. The deep blues contrast beautifully with the intense yellow and orange of the poppies. These wildflowers did great in the desert,...Read complete review

I planted California poppies with Mexican poppies, lupines, and California bluebells. The deep blues contrast beautifully with the intense yellow and orange of the poppies. These wildflowers did great in the desert, needed very little supplemental irrigation, were entirely pest-free. They re-seed heavily and my goal is to eventually have my entire acre full of these wildflowers.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Almost Impossible to Grow in VA

This is the second year I've tried to get this beautiful flower established with hardly any success. First off, despite the recommended planting and watering, only about 10% actually germinate and even fewer...Read complete review

This is the second year I've tried to get this beautiful flower established with hardly any success. First off, despite the recommended planting and watering, only about 10% actually germinate and even fewer produce flowers. I've amended my soil (we have poor soils in our region), occasionally watered with Miracle Grow and this year did my best to keep the area weeded. (The weeds were doing far better than my California Poppies).

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5.0

WOW great show of poppies first season

By 

from Sonoma County, CA

About Me Getting Started

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

    I purchased these in December and just hand tossed them on a southwestern somewhat barren hillside at the back of our home. By April we had poppies and now it's the end of May and we have a hillside of beautiful California poppies. We did have rain this year so the seeds germinated perfectly and the hillside is sunny from morning to dusk.

    Every seed I've purchased from American Meadows has been great.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Poppies Galore

    By 

    from San Diego County

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

      Love my poppies. Seeds are easy to spread. Just follow directions. I have these
      Year after year, on my steep banks, among succulents, along easement road. They bloom twice a year. No need to water. What a beautiful display of bright orange color. Love American Meadows for all my seeds and gardening needs.
      Thank you American Meadows for quality products.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      California Poppy

      By 

      from Pine Valley, CA

      About Me Getting Started

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Outdoors

        Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

        outside

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Poppies, more or less

        By 

        from Apple Valley, CA

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Native

        Cons

        • Hard to Start

        Best Uses

        • Outdoors

        Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

        I have had a difficult time getting most wildflower seeds to germinate. Maybe I have the fattest birds in the neighborhood. I am trying to find ways to hide the seeds from the birds without burying them,as wildflower seeds do not like to be planted just sown on the prepared ground. So far the yarrow is the only wildflower to actively grow. This time I have sown the seed among large gravel beds. I will know next season if this works.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Bad Batch?

        By 

        from Fresno, CA

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        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

        This is not my first experience planting wild flowers, but it is the first experience of not having a single seed germinate! VERY disappointed in the results of this first purchase with American Meadows.

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        • Personal

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wonderful

        By 

        from Ohio

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Low Maintenance
        • Pest Resistant
        • Reliable Growth
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Cut Flowers
          • Large Areas
          • Raised Beds

          Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

          Used these all around my property. Nice bright color to fill in empty spaces. Beautiful and so care free.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Super Bloomer

          By 

          from S. Calif.

          About Me Casual Hobbyist, No Time To Mess Around

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to grow
          • Long Bloom Time
          • Low Maintenance
          • Pest Resistant
          • Reliable Growth
          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Areas

            Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

            Threw the seed around my yard at the wrong time of the year with no prep, and it still grew and bloomed. It popped up in unexpected places - on top of bark, around the base of trees. Each plant was huge with tons of flowers that lasted for more than a month. I LOVE THESE POPPIES!

             
            5.0

            Fantastic

            By 

            from Eugene, Oregon

            About Me Getting Started

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Long Bloom Time
            • Low Maintenance
            • Pest Resistant
            • Reliable Growth
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Areas

              Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

              These are gorgeous!!! I have them in my rock wall and over a large outdoor area mixed in with fox glove. I get so many complements and all that I did was sprinkle some seeds!!!

               
              4.0

              Califrnia poppies

              By 

              from Norfolk, VA

              About Me Getting Started

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Bright
              • EASY
              • For A Beginner
              • Great Display
              • Long Bloom Time
              • Low Maintenance
              • Vivid Colors

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                  I am a rank beginner but love seeing wild flowers and thought I would try some at our condo on the beach along the Chesapeake Bay. I followed the planting dirctions on the website. Wow! Masses of yellow poppies that lasted for many weeks and are coming up again during our very mild winter here in S.E Virginia. Now I'm going to try some more in the very sandy soil leading down to the beach.I can't believe how easy this was and neither can my neighbors, who are now ordering the seeds for their yards.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  They shipped the wrong seed

                  By 

                  from California

                  Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                  I ordered California Poppy but they shipped Purple Coneflower. Not even close.

                   
                  5.0

                  A Sure Winner

                  By 

                  from Bend, OR

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Absolutely beautiful
                  • Low Maintenance
                  • Pest Resistant
                  • Reliable Growth

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Border Control
                  • Erosion Control
                  • Large Areas

                  Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                  One thing to remember with any wildflower seeds, is to rake the soil before planting. We have sandy soil, which is the best kind, but don't forget to water, water, water to get them established. Next year they'll be even more beautiful as they re-seed everywhere.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Poppies! Poppies!

                  By 

                  from Brea, CA

                  About Me Casual Hobbyist

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Reliable Growth
                  • Vivid Colors

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Border Control
                    • Large Areas

                    Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                    Plenty of seeds to spread over the intended area. Flowerbed gets full sun all day, so dirt there was baked hard. With little prep work, seeds were spread, and lightly covered with soil. Planted with Nasturtium seeds. Watered lightly after planting. Plants came up in expected time; took awhile longer for blooms to show. There aren't as many of the poppy flowers as there are nasturtium, but it's still early in the season. The plants make a perfect groundcover - the entire planting area is covered beautifully.

                     
                    5.0

                    Great in rock gardens

                    By 

                    from Columbia County NY

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    Pros

                    • Drought tolerant
                    • Long Bloom Time
                    • Low Maintenance
                    • Pest Resistant
                    • Reliable Growth
                    • Vivid Colors

                    Cons

                    • Can get leggy

                    Best Uses

                    • Border Control
                    • Containers
                    • Large Areas
                    • Mix with succulents

                    Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                    These are great in that they are all one color (orange and bloom from july -September. I mixed them in our sedum and rock garden and hope they will reseed for seasons to come!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Very Low Germination Yield

                    By 

                    from Ahwahnee, CA

                    About Me Casual Hobbyist

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Vivid Colors

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                        I purchased 1/2 lb of poppy seeds in the Fall 2010. I followed the instructions, exactly: rototilled, watered until weeds sprouted, killed weeds with Roundup, waited, sowed seeds.
                        So far this Spring exactly 5 poppies sprouted. Note: I planted 1/4 lb red poppies (Papaver rhoeas) in an adjacent bed at the same time and got hundreds of blooms. I live in the Sierra foothills, lots of CA poppies eveerywhere.

                         
                        5.0

                        Orlando (Central FL) loves CA Poppy!

                        By 

                        from Orlando, FL

                        About Me Casual Hobbyist

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Low Maintenance
                        • Reliable Growth
                        • Vivid Colors

                        Cons

                        • Short Bloom Time

                        Best Uses

                        • Large Areas

                        Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                        I just threw the CA Poppy seed on the unprepaired ground of an overgrown lot behind our house in late December (after the first frost so the existing tall grass and weeds were all brown and dormant), and by March we had tons of bright orange poppy flowers in the field! It looked so awesome, but the flowers were overgrown and wilted in the Central FL heat by late May. Short but sweet wildflower beauty! I would recommend planting poppies in FL in mid to late Dec as they are frost and freeze tolerant and do better in the cool weather. They do not like temps over 80 to 85 for very long. 40's to 70's and sunny is perfect. No supplemental water and no frost protection needed.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Stunning Display

                        By 

                        from Enterprise, OR

                        About Me Getting Started

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Long Bloom Time
                        • Low Maintenance
                        • Reliable Growth
                        • Vivid Colors

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Erosion Control
                          • Large Areas

                          Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                          We have just finished a new home on 3 acres of property. The home is above the first hole of a golf course and is cut into a side hill leaving me with several steep banks. I hydro seeded blue flax on the largest bank to hold it and edged it with poppy seeds from American Meadows. The other large bank is mostly rock and a gritty soil. I planted California Poppies and African Daisys from American Meadows and they are growing in profusion. We live in a Mountain Valley on the edge of Hell's Canyon and have a very short growing season. It has been known to snow on the 4th of July. All of these flowers are blooming their heads off with virtually no attention, particularly in the acreage. It has provided instant gratification as a new garden for our new house. I can't imagine all of the negative comments about the poppies. We have harsh weather and extremely poor soil and the poppies love it. I have used the wild flower mix to begin naturalizing some of the acreage. I have just ordered several pounds of wildflower seeds and expect our naturalizing to be outstanding next Spring. By the way, I was unaware they should be planted in the Fall. I planted mine in the Spring and they were probably a bit later than usual, but by August the display was outstanding.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Disappointed

                          By 

                          from Aguanga, CA

                          About Me Casual Hobbyist

                          Pros

                          • Vivid Colors

                          Cons

                          • Disappointing germination

                          Best Uses

                          • Large Areas

                          Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                          I have purchased over the years probably 8 lbs. of California poppy seeds from American Meadows. I continue to be disappointed in the germination of what is a local wildflower. California poppies bloom with regularity along our highways, but I continue to be unable to get a significant bloom from the seed I purchase from you. I don't know what I can do to improve the germination. I prepare the seed bed, water two to three times daily for at least 4 - 6 weeks, and still I only get a small amount of poppies for my efforts.

                           
                          2.0

                          Almost Impossible to Grow in VA

                          By 

                          from Roanoke, VA

                          About Me Avid Gardener

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Needs Extensive Watering
                            • Short Bloom Time

                            Best Uses

                            • Containers

                            Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                            This is the second year I've tried to get this beautiful flower established with hardly any success. First off, despite the recommended planting and watering, only about 10% actually germinate and even fewer produce flowers. I've amended my soil (we have poor soils in our region), occasionally watered with Miracle Grow and this year did my best to keep the area weeded. (The weeds were doing far better than my California Poppies).

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            California Poppies

                            By 

                            from Southern Arizona

                            About Me Avid Gardener

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive
                            • Hardy
                            • Healthy
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Garden
                              • Outdoors

                              Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                              I planted California poppies with Mexican poppies, lupines, and California bluebells. The deep blues contrast beautifully with the intense yellow and orange of the poppies. These wildflowers did great in the desert, needed very little supplemental irrigation, were entirely pest-free. They re-seed heavily and my goal is to eventually have my entire acre full of these wildflowers.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Golden State Flower

                              By 

                              from marin county, california

                              About Me Avid Gardener

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive
                              • Hardy
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Garden
                                • Outdoors

                                Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                                Spead on a sunny hillside, they have naturalized and reseeded, just as they should. Perfect.

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                                • Personal
                                 
                                1.0

                                did not do well

                                By 

                                from Ulster Park, NY

                                About Me Avid Gardener

                                Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                                Poppies did not come up at all

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                                • Personal
                                 
                                5.0

                                Poppies all over the place

                                By 

                                from Lake County, California

                                About Me Avid Gardener

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate Instructions
                                • Attractive
                                • Hardy
                                • Healthy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Outdoors

                                  Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                                  I've got profusion of perfectly perky Poppies coming up from seed all over my yard. I couldn't be happier with the results. I'll definitely be ordering more of the same next year. I'd like to eventually cover my 4 acres in Northern California.

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                                  • Personal
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Go;lden Poppies for the Golden State

                                  By 

                                  from Butte-ti-ful Butte Counry, California

                                  About Me Avid Gardener

                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate Instructions
                                  • Attractive
                                  • Hardy
                                  • Healthy
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Garden
                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Patio

                                    Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                                    It is next to impossible to find California Poppy Seeds in California. As a Native Californian I want to grow our state flower and have it come back year after year. From past experience with American Meadows, I know these seed grow well and the flowers are beautiful. Now I have my own gold mine in the Golden State.As always excellent service!!

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                                    5.0

                                    generous ammount will cover lots!

                                    By 

                                    from Valley Center CA

                                    About Me Avid Gardener

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate Instructions
                                    • Attractive

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Outdoors

                                      Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                                      Generous quantity of seeds, can't wait to see them bloom on my San Diego hillside!

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Native grace & renewal: Calif. Poppies

                                      By 

                                      from San Francisco Bay Area

                                      About Me Getting Started

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attractive
                                      • Easy to grow raineys
                                      • Hardy
                                      • Healthy
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                      • Never enough room or seed

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Garden
                                      • Outdoors
                                      • Patio
                                      • Public outdoor areas

                                      Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                                      My first garden for the public views: native California Poppies, proved invaluable towards Community positivity and beauty. I chose to lightly break ground in four rain cycles from December 20th thru April. Sprouts appeared within 2 weeks throughout the plantings, appearing delightfully blue grey. Cycles of blossoms lasted through July. Minor watering was with hand carried gallons, making key differences in isolated dry spots. The second year crop is unplanted, affluent and gloriously ending a first cycle at March 26th review date. Delightful for children at this price and resillency, though not best as picked flowers. I suggest bachelor's buttons for picking, drying and color compliment.

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                                      • Personal

                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Memories

                                      By 

                                      from Glen Allen, VA

                                      About Me Avid Gardener

                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate Instructions
                                      • Attractive
                                      • Hardy
                                      • Healthy

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Garden
                                        • Outdoors

                                        Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                                        Reminds of our time in CA. Never get tired of the fields of poppies!

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                                        5.0

                                        Awesome - Transformed my garden

                                        By 

                                        from Jeffersonville, NY

                                        About Me Avid Gardener

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate Instructions
                                        • Attractive
                                        • Hardy

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Garden
                                          • Outdoors
                                          • Patio

                                          Comments about American Meadows California Poppy Seeds:

                                          I scattered these around the border my newly landscaped garden, basically starting from scratch. I had gorgeous bright orange blooms for weeks beginning mid-summer and lasting well into fall.

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                                          • Personal

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