It's California Native Plant Week. My post honors native California Poppy Eschscholzia californica which performs very well here in South Georgia's loamy sand until the summer gets so hot and humid poppies faint. A few young seedlings may survive the summer and live to the next spring. Mostly they reseed where the long narrow pods split and throw seeds everywhere.
These reseeded themselves in the lawn which was overseeded with rye grass for the winter.
Now the ryegrass is heading out. The whole edge will be mowed when the poppies finish,
leaving Purple Heart and Chartreuse alternanthera to define the border.
Poppies and poppies. Despite the different name,
Eschscholzia is a member of the papaver family.
Poppies and Roses
Salvia and poppies.
California poppes blend well with our
native Venus' Looking Glass Triodanis perfoliata.
California boasts at least 20 species and subspecies of Eschscholzia.
Experts recommend not sowing E. californica seed in gardens with naturally occuring Eschscholzia.
I gather seed when the pods begin to look tan. Seeds secured in a large brown paper bag
explode as they ripen, startling a gardener who is reading a book.
November is the ideal time to scatter poppy seeds here.