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Channel Island Bush Poppy is a ray of sunshine


Last updated 3/13/2008 at Noon

Did you know that California is home to dozens of beautiful poppy species?

Their names are as colorful as their blooms: Prickly Poppy, Wind Poppy, Fire Poppy, Matilija Poppy and, of course, the famous California Poppy, our state flower.

However, one of our best poppies for the garden is strangely one of the lesser known: the Channel Island Bush Poppy.

As the name suggests, this sweet canary-yellow poppy adorns an evergreen shrub rather than occurring as a spring wildflower, as do so many of its cousins. The foliage has a blue tinge in the green that pleasantly contrasts with the yellow f...

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