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Photo of Mantilija poppies

Mantilija Poppies

The Matilija’s expansiveness makes it an ideal hillside plant, for erosion control and for how good the plants look in the landscape at middle-to-far distances. Their kooky Dr. Seuss-meets-Blake attitudes benefit from distance.” – The Dry Garden

Fried egg blooms thrive in barren canyons,
proliferate among dry washes,
overwhelm sage scrub, coast chaparral.

If size and audacity were considerations,
these twelve inch blossoms with a Chumash name
would reign as California’s state flower.

White Mantilija poppies take center stage,
brash showgirls ornamenting arid slopes,
unabashed exhibitionist flowers.


October 2018


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