Carmine California Poppy


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Carmine California Poppies are striking crimson-pink blooms with slender stems and silvery fine leaves. The name 'Carmine' refers to the deep crimson-red color of their petals. California Poppies have been cherished for their captivating appearance and have graced gardens, fields, and landscapes with their vivid presence. Carmine California Poppies grow striking blooms that typically measure 2-3 inches in diameter. Their slender stems can reach heights of 12-24 inches, creating a vibrant splash of color in the garden. They enjoy full sun and can grow in hot and dry climates and reseeds easily, coming back year after year. These poppies are best directly sown rather than transplanted and do not tolerate frost.

Also Known As: Pink Poppy, Pink Lavender Poppy, California State Flower, Coastal Poppy, Lilac Rose Poppy, Corn Poppy, Field Poppy

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Plant Name:
Poppy, Carmine California
Latin Name:
Eschscholzia californica
Days to Germinate: 7-14
Days to Bloom: 70
Plant Height: 12 - 18 Inches
Bloom Diameter: 2 - 3 Inches
Growth Habit: Upright
USDA Zones: 3-12
Lifespan: Annual, Perennial Zones 10-12
Brand: TomorrowSeeds
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Heirloom, Open-Pollinated
Seeds Packed For*: 2024

*Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.

Planting Instructions:


Soil Preparation:

Remove weeds, large rocks, and litter from the planting area. Till the soil 8-10 inches deep and rake several times to break up large clods. It is best to do this when the soil is dry enough to not stick to garden tools. Loosening the soil will help the plant establish strong roots.


Start indoors 1 month before last frost in well-draining containers in >60F area. Keep moist. Transplant when plants are <4" and ground is >60F. Or, sow outdoors in moist, fertile, well-draining soil in full sun when soil is >65F. Cover thinly with soil and water until established. Drought-tolerant once established. Spring/Early Summer blooms. 


Planting Depth: 1/8 inch
12 inches