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Romneya Genus

Californian poppy

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterDry

Description

Romneya genus (Californian poppy). There are about 2 species of summer-flowering, woody based perennials and deciduous subshrubs. They have blue-green foliage with alternate leaves. The flowers are poppy-like with 6-petalled flowers with glossy yellow stamens.

Characteristics

Perennials, Deciduous, Fragrants

Origin

U.S.A., Mexico

Interest and use

Foliage and fragrance flowers.

Cultivation

They will prefer a warm, sunny position with fertile, well-drained soil. Is difficult to establish, resents being moved and in very cold areas roots may need protection in winter. Once established, may spread rapidly.

Propagation

You can propagate by softwood cuttings of basal shoots in early spring, by seed in autumn (transplanting seedlings without disturbing rootballs) or by root cuttings in winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Wilt and caterpillars may be problematic.

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