Dendromecon rigida
Photo by Flickr user Laura Camp

bush poppy

This plant grows well in the following regions:

  • CVCentral Valley
  • DTDesert
  • NCNorth and Central Coast
  • SCSouth Coast
Map of regions (click to enlarge)
map of California regions



Native to dry chaparral in lower elevations of California. Grows 4-8 ft. tall and 4-6 ft. wide, with shredding yellowish gray or white bark. Flowers in spring. Prune back to about 2 ft. after blooming.

Does best on rocky clay slopes with excellent drainage. If planted in sandier soil, can handle supplementary water up to once a month. Attracts bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun

Water needs:

  • Very low water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted