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Romneya coulteri


Romneya coulteri or Matilija poppy has incredible, crepe-paper thin, pure white petals with large yellow centres atop bluish foliage!

Romneya coulteri is an upright, blue-green foliaged poppy relative that is a semi-evergreen subshrub preferring a hot, sunny space in well-drained, crummy soil. For this you will be rewarded with an almost continuous display of large, pure white, crinkled petals with prominent raised yellow stamens that appear on the ends of each stem and look like large fried eggs sunny side up! Sometimes hard to establish (it really does want crummy soils) and resents being moved - so choose the spot well! Cut back to the base in winter and mulch, if exposed.

Common Name: California Tree Poppy

Family: Papaveraceae (The Poppy Family)

Zone Hardiness: 7-9

Light: Full Sun

Height: 4-6'

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Dry, Drought Tolerant

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes

Berries: No

Benefits: Bees

Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Sage scrub, chaparral or along rocky watercourses. Open or mildly disturbed terrain, especially occuring after fires.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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