'Mikado' poppy with its saucer-shaped, bright orange-red flowers adds loads of color when planted in mass. Dramatic sun lovers; flowers open in sunlight and close on cloudy days and night. A heat- and drought-tolerant plant requiring little care, it often self-sows, providing years of beauty.
Botanical Name: Eschscholzia californica
Native: North America
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 8–10; usually grown as an annual.
Plant Dimensions: 12″–18″ tall and wide
Variety Information: 2″–3″ scarlet and orange saucer-shaped flowers with four silky, paper-like petals.
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Spring to frost
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks beforeyour average last frost date, when soil temperature is 50°–60°F, or early to mid-fall for bloom the following spring. Mild Climates: Late summer to early fall for winter and spring bloom.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended; roots sensitive to disturbance.
Days to Emerge: 7–14 days
Seed Depth: Scatter and rake in lightly
Thinning: When 1″ tall, thin to 1 every 4″–6″