Dendromecon harfordii

Island Bush Poppy

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable, Medium, Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 12' X 8'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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The island bush poppy is perhaps the most popular Channel Island endemic, and for good reason. It grows vigorously in an open upright form with blue-green leaves. The luminescent yellow flowers cover the plant year round even here in Santa Clara County where it is quite far north of its native range. Once established, the island bush poppy should be kept quite dry. Keep this in mind when selecting companion plants. A variety of ceanothus, for instance, will provide a striking contrast to the light green and yellow of the bush poppy and share its preference for little or no summer water. Plant these as a group so they may be transitioned to low water at the same time. The island bush poppy prefers full sun. While adaptable to various soils, well-draining soil seems best.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen