Island bush poppy

Dendromecon harfordii


A medium to large evergreen shrub with a mounding habit growing 6-10 ft. tall and as wide. Foliage is comprised of 3-5 in. long oval leaves that are pale blue-green; intense sulphur-yellow flowers are cupped upward, reach 2-3 in. across and are very showy during spring.

Island bush poppy is native to Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands where it grows on exposed slopes, bluffs and canyons within the chaparral plant community. It is a stunning flowering accent plants during its spring flowering cycle, and is otherwise appreciated for its soft pale green foliage color. This can be a temperamental plant to poor drainage and should be planted on slopes or in coarse rocky and sandy soils to insure good drainage. In spite of its sometimes difficult-to-grow concern, this is a stand-out plant when mixed with other California natives.

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Mounding, Dense
Growth Rate: Slow
Foliage Color: Pale green, Blue green
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Sand, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: All day sun
Function: Specimen, Slopes, Flowering accent plant, California native, Background plant
Height: 6 ft. – 10 ft.
Width: 6 ft. – 10 ft.