ESCHSCHOLZIA californica 'Mikado' (California Poppy, Dark Orange - Mikado) is a specific cultivar of the California Poppy known for its dark orange flowers. It is a striking variety that adds a rich and intense color to garden landscapes.
'Mikado' typically grows to a height of 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 centimeters), similar to the species. It has fern-like, bluish-green foliage, but the flowers are a deep and dark shade of orange. The flowers have four petals and a distinctive yellow or orange center.
This variety blooms from late winter to early summer, typically from February to June. The flowers open during the day and close at night or during overcast conditions. They attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
'Mikado' California Poppies prefer well-drained, sandy or loamy soils and full sun, similar to the species. They are commonly found in open grasslands, meadows, slopes, and along roadsides. In cultivation, they are suitable for wildflower gardens, rock gardens, and as ornamental plants in flower beds or borders. They are drought-tolerant and can tolerate poor soil conditions.
'Mikado' is valued for its deep and intense orange flowers, which create a bold and vibrant statement in garden landscapes. It can be used as a focal point in the garden, in mixed borders, or as accents in container gardens. Its rich color pairs well with other flowering plants, creating striking color combinations.
Eschscholzia californica 'Mikado' is a captivating cultivar with its dark orange flowers, providing a bold and intense addition to garden landscapes.
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Scientific Name: Eschscholzia Californica 'Mikado'
Common Name: California Poppy, Dark Orange - Mikado
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: United States (California Region)
Full Growth Height: 12-18 inches
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Spring to Fall
Attracts: Butterflies, Insects
Flower: Showy, Cut Flower
Flower Color: Orange and Red
Water Requirement: Dry, Moderate
Soil Type: Well-drained, Loam, Sand, Chalk, Dry Soil
Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral, Acid
Garden Uses: Prairies, Meadows, Cut Flowers, Summer Bedding