Bush Poppy or

Bush Poppy or

Bush Poppy

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.



Tree Poppy or Bush poppy - Dendromecon rigida is a Native Perennial shrub, and a known fire follower. Bush poppy is a common shrub on dry slopes and stony washes to about 5000' in southern to central California, blooming from April to July. This plant can grow to ten feet in height and width but is commonly a smaller shrub with a relatively thick woody stem and lots of branches. As of 2017 Chesebro Canyon is a great location to view this plant.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.Native 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. (Source:www.bhg.com)



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