Plant Type
Sunlight Amount


Bush Poppy

Native to California and Baja California, bush poppy (sometimes called tree poppy) is covered with cheerful yellow flowers from spring through early summer. This striking evergreen plant has blue-green, willowlike foliage that takes on a silver sheen in some types of light. to the extent that it languishes in irrigated garden settings, bush poppy is an excellent plant for xeric gardens, rock gardens, hedges, screens, and stabilizing slopes in arid environments. Hardy in Zones 9-11 yet able to tolerate a hard freeze, it is great plant for western North America.

genus name
  • Dendromecon rigida
  • Sun
plant type
  • Shrub
  • 1 to 3 feet
  • 3 to 8 feet
  • 1 to 3 feet
flower color
foliage color
season features
problem solvers
special features
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11

Colors of Bush Poppy

Plant bush poppy with other California natives for a sustainable landscape that offers flushes of flowers throughout the year. Like all evergreens, bush poppy is a valuable landscaping plant all year-round thanks to its ever-present foliage. Easy-care planting partners for bush poppy include creeping sage Salvia 'Gracias',hummingbird sage Salvia spathacea, penstemon Penstemon spectabilis, golden yarrow Eriophyllum confertiflorum, and Mexican manzanita Arctostaphylos pungens.

How to Care For Bush Poppy

Plant bush poppy in full sun and quick-draining soil in winter or early spring for best results. This shrub grows best in sandy, rocky, and native-soil environments, but it will tolerate clay soil in a garden setting if it isn't watered after establishing a root system. Do not plant it in an area that is irrigated.

Water plants well after planting and then water once a month for the three to five months that follow. After that stop watering and allow natural rainfall to fulfill bush poppy's water needs. No fertilizer is needed to keep this low-maintenance shrub happy. In fact, fertilization will cause bush poppy to languish and die.

When bush poppy grows in its ideal environment, it can reach 6 feet tall and wide within two years after planting. Prune as needed to maintain the desired size and shape. 


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