Romneya coulteri
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Romneya coulteri

California tree poppy
mission poppy
matilija poppy

  family papaveraceae 
  genus romneya 

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Genus  Romneya Species  coulteri Variety  Cultivar  Common names  California tree poppy   mission poppy   matilija poppy Family  PAPAVERACEAE Specimen number  S11827 Data source  HtZn p163;Frgnt p311;Xeri p286
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  8' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Poor Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 07a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Romneya coulteri has mild sweet flowers. Keep a watchful eye on this because it tends to be invasive. Matilija poppy (also known as mission poppy and California tree poppy) can survive cold winter nights that go as low as 0� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. This species does well in poor soils. It needs soil that is moist.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities  Invasive
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  fragrant flowers. pleasant fragrance Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Faintly sweet Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Romneya coulteri is a wildflower and may have originated from California.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Romneya coulteri is a perennial. Leaves: Matilija poppy (locally known in some parts as mission poppy and California tree poppy) has deeply cut leaves. Flowers: This plant has flowers with crepe paper white petals surrounding prominent bright yellow centers; each flower lasts only a few days but is from 3 to 6 inches across. The flowers are usually either white or pink, with an accent in yellow.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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