Matilija Poppy
Matilija Poppy grouping
Romneya coulteri, Matilija Poppy
Common Name Matilija Poppy, Fried Egg Flower, California Tree Poppy
Latin Name Romneya coulteri
Family Papaveraceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 4-12, 14-24, H1 / 7-11
Type / Form Shrub / Medium
Native Habitat Uncommon, below 4,000 feet in Southern California
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun
Water None to twice per month
Height X Width Maximum 8 feet X 4 feet, usually 3 feet X 2 feet
Protective Mechanism Small thorns
Leaves Pale blue-green, evergreen
Flowers Large (seven inches across) flowers have white crinkled petals with a yellow center, May to July, fragrant
Bark / Roots Green with small thorns / Spreads with rhizomes
Maintenance Little, cut back in winter
Propagation Difficult to cultivate with seeds and difficult to transplant due to fragile roots
Pests and diseases None
Landscape uses Rock garden, low maintenance, foliage accent, specimen
Garden Suitability Fragrance, Thornless, Moonlight, Butterfly
Nature Value Butterflies and bees use flowers
Native American Uses Medicinal
Links  
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/2504/index.html
    Images and data http://www.wildscaping.com/plants/plantprofiles/Romneya_coulteri.htm
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=7160
    Images and data http://www.rainyside.com/features/plant_gallery/perennials/Romneya_coulteri.html
    Images and data http://www.theodorepayne.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Romneya_coulteri
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/gallery/result.php?id_image=7090
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romneya_coulteri
    Video http://www.ehow.com/video_4950050_grow-matilija-poppy-romneya-coulteri.html
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/587.htm
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Romneya+coulteri
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.californianativeplants.com/index.php/plants/featured-plants/54-romneya-coulteri-white-cloud-matilija-poppy
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=1370
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.anniesannuals.com/signs/p%20-%20r/Romneya_coulteri_FEF.htm
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
    Image http://www.californiagardens.com/Plant_Pages/romneya_coulteri.htm
    Distribution http://www.efloras.org/object_page.aspx?object_id=5416&flora_id=1
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