Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Leaves: Glaucous
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Wildlife Attractant: Bees

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Date: 2008-09-20
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Location: British ColumbiaDate: July 2013Stand of Romneya
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Location: Los Angeles Arboretum, Arcadia, CaliforniaDate: 2012-05-27
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Date: 2008-09-20
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Location: Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, CADate: 2010-05-05
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Date: 2008-09-20
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Location: Los Angeles Arboretum, Arcadia, CaliforniaDate: 2012-05-27
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Location: Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas, CaliforniaDate: 2009-10-07
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Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
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Date: 2011-05-15Credit USFWS
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Photo Courtesy of Secret Garden Growers.
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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 9, 2012 5:27 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 1:03 AM

"Romneya coulteri (Coulter's Matilija poppy or Californian tree poppy) is species of flowering plant in the poppy family. Native to southern California and Baja California, it grows in dry canyons in chaparral and coastal sage scrub plant communities, sometimes in areas recently burned. It is a popular ornamental plant, kept for its large, showy flowers.

This is a shrub which may exceed two meters in height, its woody stem growing from a network of rhizomes. The gray-green, waxy-textured leaves are each divided into a few lance-shaped lobes, the blades growing up to 20 centimeters long. The inflorescence is a large, solitary flower with six crinkly white petals each up to 10 centimeters long. At the center of the flower is a cluster of many yellow stamens. The fruit is a bristly capsule 3 or 4 centimeters long containing many tiny seeds.

This plant bears the largest flowers of any species native to California, rivaled only by Hibiscus lasiocarpos. It was nominated for the honor of California state flower in 1890, but the California poppy won the title in a landslide.

It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

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