Californian poppy "Ballerina" (Gold poppy) - Eschscholzia californica.
Annual. Plant height 20 cm. Flower diameter 4-6 cm.
Light and heat-loving plant with a branched stem forming compact or creeping bushes.
Flowers are solitary, cupped. The petals are shiny, slightly corrugated.
Used to decorate flower beds, rockeries, Moorish lawns and balconies. Especially beautiful in ridges and borders.
Sowing: April or October outdoors. Seedlings are thinned out, keeping the distance between plants 20-25 cm.
Care: The culture is unpretentious and not demanding on growing conditions. Grows well in sunny places with dry sandy soil.
Does not tolerate excess moisture and fresh organic fertilizers. To prolong flowering, faded flowers are regularly removed.
Bloom: July - September.
California Poppy - Eschscholzia californica Cham.
Title: in honor of the naturalist from the Baltic, Dr. Johann Friedrich Eschscholz.
Description: the genus has 12 species and a large number of forms that are common in North America.
Blooms profusely from June to October. The seeds are brown, remain viable for 2-3 years. In 1 g up to 650-900 pieces.
In culture, since 1790.
Location: plants are light and heat-loving, but they can tolerate frosts down to -4-5 ° С.
Soil: undemanding, grows well on dry sandy soils. They do not tolerate excess moisture and fresh organic fertilizers.
Reproduction: seeds, which are sown in April or October immediately to a permanent place. Blossom begins 40-45 days after sowing. Gives self-seeding.
Seedlings are thinned out, maintaining a distance between plants of 20-25 cm. Transplants cannot be tolerated.
Usage: in flower beds, ridges, Moorish lawns, on rocky hills and in the cut. They are decorative not only with bright flowers, but also with openwork gray-blue foliage.
Eng.: California poppy, gold poppy. Suom.: Tuliunikko, kaliforniantuliunikko. Sven.: Sömntuta. Bot. syn.: Eschscholtzia californica Cham., Eschscholzia mexicana Greene, Eschscholzia procera Greene.