Dendromecon rigida

Bush Poppy

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 8' X 6'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



The bush poppy grows throughout the California Floristic Province (i.e. portions of California that enjoy a Mediterranean climate) in dry mountainous regions. The site is often so hot and dry it is a wonder that anything can grow there, much less a shrub as beautiful as the bush poppy. The growth form is open and spreading – a fountain shape – with narrow gray-green leaves with bright yellow spring flowers. Although one encounters bush poppies in partial shade, it is best to provide full sun and well-draining soil. This Santa Clara County native has become rarer with the suppression of wildfires, which stimulate seed germination.


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