CHOOSE TOUGH PLANTS FOR A HOT, DRY SUMMER These include: Ballota acetabulosa (Greek horehound); Catananche caerulea (cupid's dart); Centranthus ruber (red valerian); Erigeron karvinskianus (Mexican fleabane); Eschscholzia californica
(California poppy); Euphorbia myrsinites (broad-leaved glaucous spurge); Gaura lindheimeri (white gaura); Nepeta racemosa (catmint); Perovskia 'Blue Spire' (Russian sage); Salvia sclarea (clary sage); Santolina chamaecyparissus (cotton lavender), and Verbena bonariensis (Argentinian vervain).
Also known as Eschscholzia californica
, it is a good choice for prairie-style planting.
Papaver nudicaule was the most rich in BBR among the poppies, Eschscholzia californica
contained the highest amount (4.6%) of JTR and STP (3.7%) in the herb, and Papaver pseudo-orientale was characterized by a high content of PLT (5.7%)--the highest among all tested extracts.
PAPAVERACEAE Eschscholzia californica
PAS SIFLORACEAE Passiflora sp.
Add some prolific self-seeders, vibrant orange Calendula officinalis, metallic blue Eryngium Giganteum and a generous sprinkling of Eschscholzia californica
and before you know it you have a blue, orange and red colour scheme that will stop your neighbours in their tracks.
* Bermuda buttercup Papaveraceae Poppy Family Eschscholzia californica
japonica and California poppy (Eschscholzia californica
This can be circumvented by planting, immediately behind the poppy, HOME TRUTHS John Humphries But the scarlet Oriental poppy with a splash of black at its throat remains among the loveliest of herbaceous border perennials while its annual cousins, the red Flanders Poppy and orange Californian Poppy (Eschscholzia californica
) are even more brilliant, self-seeding prolifically even in the most unfertile (but always well-drained) sunny corner of the garden.
Best of the Bunch Californian Poppy ESCHSCHOLZIA californica
is the nearly unpronounceable name for one of my favourite hardy annuals - the Californian Poppy.
Select drought-tolerant plants: California poppy (Eschscholzia californica
), catmint (Nepeta x faassenii), lantana (Lantana camara), snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum), and yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
But plant-wise the journey is far-ranging, what with stops for chatter about sweet rocket (Hesperis matronalis, you can eat the flowers), California poppies (Eschscholzia californica
, and not really poppies at all), comfrey (Symphytum officinale, a bee magnet but it will take over your garden), blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum, related to the huckleberries scattered through the Coast Range) and common mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris, the whole genus has medicinal uses).