California Poppy, Copper Pot (Organic)
Eschscholzia californica. Annual/Perennial in zones 8-10.
A unique strain of California Poppy with satiny petals that are mostly dark red on the bottoms and deep dark orange on the tops. Since flowers open and close with the sun, the flower color appears to change from red in the early mornings to coppery by day then back to red in the evening. Blossoms sit atop feathery silver foliage. Best if direct sown in autumn or very early spring for flowers that start early and go until the heat of summer. We selected hard for dark red flowers but the occasional lighter colors (even white!) may appear. Will self-sow.
Direct sow no more than 1/8” deep late fall to overwinter plants for early blooms, or very early spring. Germination in 10-14 days. Prefers full sun. Perennial in some areas. Will self sow.
Collect seeds from pods before they shatter. Sift and winnow to clean. Finish air-drying if necessary before sealing in airtight container. Some cross-pollination may occur. Isolate from other varieties of the same species by 1/2 mile.