Dendromecon rigida

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Dendromecon rigida
Dendromecon rigida
Dendromecon rigida

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'

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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.