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Eschscholzia caespitosa (Tufted poppy)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Eschscholzia caespitosa

Eschscholzia caespitosa Benth.

Tufted poppy, Tufted-poppy

Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

An annual, usually with several 4-12 in. stems from a tuft of finely dissected, basal leaves. The solitary flowers have satiny-yellow petals.

The genus is named after Dr. J.F. Eschscholtz who lived from 1793 to 1831. He performed duties as a surgeon and naturalist with Russian expeditions to the Pacific coast from 1816 to 1964.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


Native Distribution: CA Central Valley to San Bernardino & Orange Cos.
Native Habitat: Grasslands, dry flats & brushy slopes below 3500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Description: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter1988 VOL. 5, NO.3 - Wildflowers in Bloom, Education and Tours, Poppies Brighten Barren Places, Pamel...
Wildflower Newsletter1989 VOL. 6, NO.2 - Wildflower Network Operates in Louisiana, Wildflower Handbook Published, Researc...
Wildflower Newsletter1991 VOL. 8, NO.3 - Native Plants Provide a Wealth of Foods and Fibers, Letter from the President, A...

Additional resources

USDA: Find Eschscholzia caespitosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eschscholzia caespitosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eschscholzia caespitosa


Record Last Modified: 2010-09-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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