California poppy, a native wildflower, adds an easygoing dose of color to hot, dry sites. Beautiful, satiny flowers in sunset colors wave above ferny, blue-green foliage. They like poor soils, especially sandy soils.
California Indians cherished the poppy as both a source of food and for oil extracted from the plant. Its botanical name, Eschsholtzia californica, was given by the naturalist Adelbert Von Chamisso, who landed in San Francisco in 1816 in a bay surrounded by hills of the golden flowers.
Zone: 6 to 10.