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San Benito Poppy
Eschscholzia hypecoides
About San Benito Poppy (Eschscholzia hypecoides) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Eschscholzia hypecoides is a species of poppy known by the common name San Benito poppy. The wildflower is endemic to California where it is mainly limited to the Inner Southern California Coast Ranges, in and around San Benito County. It is a plant of oak woodlands, grassland slopes, and chaparral habitats. This wildflower was once considered a variety of the endemic tufted poppy (Eschscholzia caespitosa). Eschscholzia hypecoides is an annual herb with leaves made up of rounded segments and producing fuzzy stems up to 30 centimeters tall. Atop the thin, erect stems are bright yellow to orange poppy flowers. Each flower has petals one or two centimeters long and sometimes spotted with a darker shade of yellow or orange. The fruit is a capsule 3 to 7 centimeters long containing tiny netted brown seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

1.9 - 11.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Orange

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 2 likely * ) SHOW ALL
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Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Bird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 3.4" - 78.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.18" - 1.88", Coldest Month: 33.8" - 57.6", Hottest Month: 55.6" - 87.8", Humidity: 0.79" - 38.12", Elevation: 223" - 6670"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Leafy-stemmed Poppy

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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