California Poppy, Golden West (Organic)
Eschscholzia californica. Perennial in zones 8-10.
This beautiful strain of the California state flower has been available since the early 1920s. Compact plants have ferny grey-blue foliage and grow to 18″ tall. Light golden flowers have orange centers. Blossoms seem like beacons to native pollinators, especially bumblebees. Flowers open with the sun and close in the evening. Very low maintenance and drought tolerant, Golden West California poppy also tolerates poor soil conditions and naturalizes easily. The whole plant has been used medicinally as a pain reliever, sedative, and to treat anxiety and restlessness. Best sown in fall or very early spring.