ESCHSCHOLZIA caespitosa (California Poppy, Dwarf) is a distinct species of poppy native to California. It is known for its small and compact growth habit compared to other Eschscholzia species.
The Dwarf California Poppy forms low-growing tufts or clumps of foliage, reaching a height of about 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters). The leaves are finely divided and bluish-green in color. The flowers are typically bright yellow or occasionally orange and have four petals with a rounded shape.
This species blooms from spring to early summer, typically from April to June. The flowers open during the day and may close at night or in cloudy weather. They attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
Dwarf California Poppies are adapted to dry and rocky habitats, including coastal bluffs, sandy slopes, and open grasslands. They prefer well-drained soils and full sun. In cultivation, they are suitable for rock gardens, borders, and containers. They are drought-tolerant plants.
Due to its compact size, the Dwarf California Poppy is ideal for small gardens, rockeries, or areas where space is limited. It can be used to create colorful ground covers or to add accents along pathways and borders. The bright yellow flowers bring a cheerful and vibrant element to garden landscapes.
Eschscholzia caespitosa, the Dwarf California Poppy, offers a compact and charming option for gardeners seeking a smaller variety of the California Poppy to brighten their landscapes.
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Scientific Name: Eschscholzia Caespitosa
Common Name: California Poppy, Tufted Poppy
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Western North America (Across California)
Full Growth Height: 5-10 inches
Spread: 1 ft
Zone: 3 to 8
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Spring, Summer
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Flower Color: Yellow, Orange
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Well-drained, Loam, Sand
Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral, Acid
Garden Uses: Beds and Borders, Bird Gardens, Gravel and Bee Gardens