ESCHSCHOLZIA californica 'Red Chief' (California Poppy, Bright Red - Red Chief) is a specific cultivar of the California Poppy known for its bright red flowers. It is a striking variety that adds a bold splash of color to garden landscapes.
'Red Chief' 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 vibrant, intense red color. 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.
'Red Chief' 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.
'Red Chief' is valued for its vibrant and intense red flowers, which make a bold statement in garden landscapes. It can be used as a focal point in the garden, in mixed borders, or as accents in container gardens. It pairs well with other flowering plants, creating striking color combinations.
Eschscholzia californica 'Red Chief' is an eye-catching cultivar with its bright red flowers, providing a bold and vibrant addition to garden landscapes.
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Scientific Name: Eschscholzia Californica 'Red Chief'
Common Name: California Poppy, Bright Red - Red Chief
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: United States (California Region)
Full Growth Height: 16 inches
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Spring, Summer
Attracts: Butterflies, Bees
Flower: Showy, Cut Flower, Edible
Flower Color: Red
Water Requirement: Low, Average
Soil Type: Well-drained, Loam, Sand, Chalk, Moist
Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral, Acid
Garden Uses: Cottage Gardens, Cut Flowers, Indoor Gardens