Eschscholzia / california poppy
Eschscholzia / California Poppy
Eschscholzia / California Poppy

California poppy © Rebecca Armstrong

Eschscholzia / California Poppy
Eschscholzia / California Poppy

California poppy © Rebecca Armstrong

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Female sweat bee (Halictus) on California poppy © Celeste Ets-Hokin

Eschscholzia / California Poppy
Eschscholzia / California Poppy

California poppy © Rebecca Armstrong

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Genus: Eschscholzia

Common Name: California Poppy

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California poppy is a very important spring pollen source for bumble bee queens and other early spring bees.
 

California poppy, with its brilliant orange flowers, is a must in any spring wild flower garden. It grows easily from seed, and with supplemental water, it will bloom well into summer.

 

Native Regions

California, Pacific Northwest, Southwest; introduced sporadically across the United States and Canada

 

Availability

Commercially available and can be grown in most parts of North America. It is drought tolerant, grows well in disturbed areas and easily self-sows.

 

Duration

Annual

 

Bloom Time

Spring to mid-summer with sufficient moisture

 

Average Height

1 foot

 

Flower Color

Orange

 

Exposure

Full sun

 

Water Requirements

Average to dry

bee Visitors

Andrena / Mining Bee

Anthophora / Digger Bee

Bombus / Bumble Bee

Ceratina / Small Carpenter Bee

Diadasia / Sunflower Bee

Halictus / Sweat Bee

Hylaeus / Yellow-faced Bee

Lasioglossum / Sweat Bee

Megachile / Leafcutter Bee

Osmia / Mason Bee

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