Island Bush Poppy

28 May

Island Bush Poppy (Dendromecon harfordii), evergreen native shrub, fast growing to 15 ft., rounded growth habit, large 2-3 inch bright yellow poppy-like flowers bloom profusely in spring, sporadically thereafter, gray-green foliage, drought tolerant, sun.

This species is found on Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, and Santa Catalina Islands off the coast of southern California. A wonderful native evergreen shrub clothed with glaucous-green oval leaves. An abundance of yellow (3 inches across) flowers cover the plant from spring into summer. Moderate growth rate reaching up to 10-15+ feet tall but typically grows to 6-10 feet by equal width. Situate in a location which receives full sun to part shade in well draining soil. Drought tolerant once established. Cold hardy to about 15-20° F.

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