Marin Master Gardeners
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Marin Master Gardeners

Plant Guide

Dendromecon harfordii

Common Name
Island Bush Poppy
CA Native
California Native
Plant Type
6' - 10' x 6' - 10'
Flower Color
Bloom Time
  • Spring
Gray- Green
Deer Resistant
Rarely Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Attracts Beneficial Insects
  • Bees
Growth Rate
Adverse Growth Factors
Special Features
  • Low Maintenance
  • Showy Flowers
Water Use
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Full Sun
Soil Type
Not Particular
Well Drained
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

The Island Bush Poppy is a dense evergreen shrub with deep yellow, large poppy-like flowers that bloom profusely in the spring. In coastal areas of Marin, it will bloom almost year round if trimmed occasionally. It looks great with ceanothus and manzanitia in a dry shrub border.

Plant slightly above grade in very well-drained soil in a sunny location. Will take some afternoon shade but prefers sun. Be very careful not to disturb the fragile root ball. Mulch top of soil in a 2 - 3 foot circle around the plant. The best time to plant this native is in the fall to early winter when it can take advantage of the winter rains. It needs no amendments or fertilizers. Cut back by at least half in the fall for a denser, more attractive plant.

Flowers attract nectar loving insects and birds. It also provides cover and habitat for birds.

No significant diseases or pests.


Master Gardener Comments

This is a wondrful shrub if you like color, very little work and little to no watering.


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