Poppy Bush OR''

Poppy Bush OR''

Poppy Bush

The Bush Poppy or Tree Poppy is a shrub native to California and Baja California, rarely exceeding 3 meters tall. The leaves are alternate, narrow lance-shaped, 3-10 centimeters long, more than three times as long as broad. The margin of the leaves is finely toothed. The plant is evergreen and the leaves are somewhat leathery to the touch. If happy, it can grow up to 6 feet in two years. The flower clusters are solitary and terminal. The flowers are 2-7 centimeters in diameter, with four satiny yellow petals. Plants bloom in late winter to mid-spring. The receptacle is funnel-shaped and surrounds the ovary base. Two sepals are shed when the flower blooms, and the petals are shed as well after pollination. There are many free stamens. The fruits produced are cylindric from the base; the fruits measure 5-10 centimeters long. The many seeds are smooth, brown or black, with a small pale outgrowth.


Island bush poppy is native to Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands where it grows on exposed slopes, bluffs and canyons within the chaparral plant community. It is a stunning flowering accent plants during its spring flowering cycle, and is otherwise appreciated for its soft pale green foliage color. This can be a temperamental plant to poor drainage and should be planted on slopes or in coarse rocky and sandy soils to insure good drainage. In spite of its sometimes difficult-to-grow concern, this is a stand-out plant when mixed with other California natives.The island bush poppy is well adapted to sunny garden locations on well drained soils and with low amounts of supplemental water during summer. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water; more water in the spring will result in a longer flowering season. Bush's Poppy Mallow can mature to 2' in height but will often be seen spreading out rather than up.

Its magenta flowers are a real stand-out in any planting. It prefers drier soil conditions, full sun to partial shade and has a long bloom time. Poppy Mallow species are often also referred to as Winecups or Wine Cups for their bloom color and shape. We sell this seed dehulled, as in the seed image, abNative to California and Baja California, bush poppy (sometimes called tree poppy) is covered with cheerful yellow flowers from spring through early summer. This striking evergreen plant has blue-green, willowlike foliage that takes on a silver sheen in some types of light. to the extent that it languishes in irrigated garden settings, bush poppy is an excellent plant for xeric gardens, rock gardens, hedges, screens, and stabilizing slopes in arid environments. Hardy in Zones 9-11 yet able to tolerate a hard freeze, it is great plant for western North America.Bush Poppy is a flowering shrub that grows over a wide area of the foothills west of Yosemite but rarely inside the park itself. If you're driving to Yosemite, you might spot it just north of Oakhurst along Highway 41 and along Highway 140 as you descend from Midpines into the Merced River canyon. The flowers can be large - as big as the flowers of its better known cousin, the California poppy - and a mature bush can produce dozens of blooms at once, creating an eye-popping display. Look for it on dry, rocky hillsides. For even more success, look for it on dry, rocky hillsides that have big clumps of yellow flowers sticking up out of them. (Source: www.yosemitehikes.com)




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