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Matilija poppy

Romneya coulteri

Description:

A glabrous, shrubby perennial, heavy branched and woody at the base, growing to 8' tall. The showy white flowers are the largest of any plant native to California, and look like fried eggs. There are 5-8 per stem and the six petals are usually crinkled with many yellow stamens and a single large pistil

Habitat:

Side of road at entrance to the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Gardens. The Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Gardens The idea for a garden came from Mr. Wrigley’s wife, Ada. In 1935, she supervised Pasadena horticulturalist Albert Conrad, who planted the original Desert Plant Collection. Catalina Island’s temperate marine climate made it possible to showcase plants from every corner of the earth. In 1969, the Wrigley Memorial Garden Foundation expanded and revitalized the garden’s 37.85 acres. Along with the new plantings came a new attitude. In the same way that the Wrigley Memorial uses primarily native building materials, the Garden places a special emphasis on California island endemic plants. (Plants, which grow naturally on one or more of the California islands, but nowhere else in the world.) Many of these plants are extremely rare, and some are on the Endangered Species list. The Memorial Garden is particularly concerned with the six Catalina endemics – plants, which grow naturally only on Catalina Island. The Wrigley Memorial Garden Foundation maintains a special interest in the preservation of all Catalina endemics, including the rare Catalina Ironwood.


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2 Comments

joanbstanley
joanbstanley 5 years ago

Thank you. They are fascinating flowers.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 5 years ago

Pretty Series!

Avalon, California, USA

Lat: 33.33, Long: -118.34

Spotted on May 28, 2013
Submitted on Jun 11, 2013

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