California gold poppy

Eschscholzia californica

plant type:
forb
lifecycle:
perennial
growing season:
warm
cool
cover:
High

Soil

Acceptable Soil Types:
Clay
Loam
Silt
Sand
Acceptable Soil conditions:
AcidicAlkalineMetalSaltCaliche

Location

Min elevation:
2000
Max elevation:
6500
Counties: 
Gila
Graham
Greenlee
La Paz
Maricopa
Mohave
Pima
Pinal
Santa Cruz
Yavapai
Yuma

Reproduction & Growth

Growth rate: 
Moderate
Germination Overall: 
Moderate
Germination rate: 
Moderate
Germination Requirements: 
NA
Reproduction: 
NA
Establishment: 
NA

Ecological

Best Suited for these Site conditions:
ColdDisturbanceFireFloodingLow lightRiparian
Best Suited for these Management goals:
Tortoise habitatDrought resilienceErosion controlForage productionPollinator habitatIncreased soil healthWeed managementWildlife habitat

Additional Information

Commercial availability:
Commonly available
NOTES:
annual growth forms of California poppy may be better suited to short-term or interim groundcover applications, especially on arid sites with shallow or sandy soils, provided that a minimum level of precipitation is received during the critical winter growing season
Citations:
Clark 1978, Smither-Kopperl, M.L 2018