ESCHSCHOLZIA californica 'Mission Bells' (California Poppy, Semi-Double Mix - Mission Bells) is a specific cultivar of the California Poppy, known for its semi-double or double flowers. It is a mix of different colors and produces blooms that have more petals than the typical single-petaled California Poppy.
'Mission Bells' typically grows to a height of 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 centimeters). It has fern-like, bluish-green foliage similar to the species, but the flowers are semi-double or double, with more petals. The flowers come in a mix of colors, including shades of orange, yellow, red, and cream.
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.
'Mission Bells' California Poppies prefer well-drained, sandy or loamy soils and full sun. They are commonly found in open grasslands, meadows, slopes, and along roadsides, similar to the species. 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.
'Mission Bells' is valued for its semi-double or double flowers, which add a unique and charming touch to garden landscapes. The mix of colors provides a vibrant display. It can be used as a mass planting, in mixed borders, or as accents in container gardens. It is particularly appealing for cottage gardens and naturalistic settings.
Eschscholzia californica 'Mission Bells' is a delightful cultivar that offers a mix of semi-double or double flowers in various colors, providing an enchanting display in garden landscapes.
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Scientific Name: ESCHSCHOLZIA CALIFORNICA
Common Name: MISSION BELLS
Plant Type: Tender Perennials
Native Range: US, Mexico
Full Growth Height: 12-18 in
Width in Across: 4-20 in
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Spring, Summer
Flower: Star-Shaped, Showy, Feathery
Pollinators: Sun, Wind, Honeybees, Birds, Butterflies
Flower Color: Mixed, Apricot, Orange, Pink, Red, White, Yellow
Water Requirement: Average, Dry
Soil Type: Loam, Sand
Uses: Patio, Prairies, Containers, Beds, Borders, Decorations Purposes