Back when California was deciding on the official state flower Matilija Poppy was one of the three native plants considered. I don’t think many would have complained if it had won. When in bloom this is a spectacular plant. It’s a fast grower and can be invasive if the soil conditions are just so (light and fast draining). It’s not recommended for small gardens due to it’s potential to spread far and wide. Wary of this I’ve popped it in a planter to see how it does there. If it does thrive and flower, which I hope it does, it’ll be interesting to see if the seeds spread to adjacent properties. Chuckle chuckle.
Romneya Coulteri likes full sun and needs watered regularly through it’s first summer. After that the rains should be sufficient but a little supplemental water can’t hurt in times of severe drought. This plant is native to Southern California so it’s evolved to survive the harsh summers. Can reach 8′ tall, the spread is potentially unlimited popping up via rhizomes (horizontally spreading roots just under the surface). The flowers appear in late spring through early summer and resemble large fried eggs (sunny side up!). This plant often goes deciduous when summer temperatures peak so don’t worry if it looks dead – it’s probably not.
|Common Name||Matilija Poppy|
|Botanic Name||Romneya Coulteri|
|Potential Size ||8' x 4'|