Tree poppy

Romneya coulteri 'White Cloud'

Tree poppy - Romneya coulteri  'White Cloud'

Common Name: Tree poppy
Genus: Romneya
Species: coulteri
Cultivar: 'White Cloud'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White, Yellow
Foliage Colour: Blue/Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: July to October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

This is an old cultivar (first dicovered in California in 1875) which has recently been 'rediscovered'. The large flowers which can grow to the size of a saucer are the key feature of the plant. The petals have a crinkled look which resembles crepe paper and these surround a fat yellow centre - they look a bit like fried eggs! They have a slight scent and if they are cut while still in bud they will usually last for several days. Its lovely blue-grey foliage is a bonus. It is slow to become established so you may need to be patient but it is definitely worth the wait.

  • Garden care: Cut back flower stems close to the base in March. Provide a deep dry mulch in the winter months for protection.


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Tree poppy - Romneya coulteri

Tree poppy
Romneya coulteri