Eschscholzia caespitosa - Tufted Poppy, Foothill Poppy
Escholtzia caespitosa is a diminutive poppy that is often found along the trails of Southern California. It grows in areas that become extremely dry in the summer. I have seen Eschscholtzia caespitosa growing on south facing shale scree as well as heavier clay soils. In smaller gardens and rock gardens, using Eschscholtzia caespitosa instead of Eschscholtzia californica can help to keep the garden more tidy. Tufted Poppy Seed will be harder to find but it is generally available. Using Escholzia caespitosa in addition to the California Poppy will extend the garden's blooming season as they don't bloom at quite the same times.
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