Approximately 90 Seeds
California Poppies are one of the easiest and most colourful annuals to grow, they bloom profusely over a very long season, succeed in all soils and are heat and drought-resistant. Bees and butterflies love them and they require virtually no care, blooming profusely from mid-summer until the frosts in autumn.
With flowers that resemble a rose, 'Rosa Romantica' is a unique California Poppy. The petals are streaked in the most romantic of shades, from pink-rose and salmon-fuchsia. These clustered flowers are fascinating and breathtaking in massed plantings or containers.
Grow in full sun to encourage blooming as the flowers will not open in shade. The tapered buds open into long-lasting flowers, 5 to 7cm wide and give a garden performance second to none.
SITE: full sun
FLOWERING MONTHS: June to September
SOW OUTDOORS: March to May / August to September (for flowers the following year)
CARE TIPS: Protect from slugs and snails. They will self-sow.
They tend to resent root disturbance, so sow shallowly, directly into a well prepared bed in spring and water well. As the seedlings develop, thin them out to 30cm intervals keeping just the healthiest and most robust plants. Protect the emerging seedlings from slugs and snails. The seedheads can be dried and added to winter arrangements.