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Species Name: Dendromecon rigida
Common Name: Tree poppy or bush poppy
- Stiff, waxy leaves and bright yellow flowers make this plant unmistakeable. In the garden, it likes very well-drained soil and no summer water once established. Susceptable to knock-down from strong winds. Place in a wind-sheltered area.
- Plant Family: Papaveraceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 6' H x 6' W
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Drought-deciduous
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Full sun
- Soil Preference: Well-draining
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
- Cold Hardy to:
- Flower Season: March - August
- Flower Color: Yellow
- Distribution: Coast Ranges from Sonoma County to Baja; western base of Sierra Nevada
- Natural Habitat: Dry slopes and stony washes in Chaparral below 6000'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: A beautiful shrub growing 4 to 8 feet high with graceful gray green willow-like foliage and great quantities of bright yellow flowers 2 to 3 inches in diameter. The shrubs flower for a large portion of the year and are very showy when in bloom. Grows on rocky slopes. Gallon cans, $1.00."
- Other Names
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.