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Witness a Sea of Sunny-Side-Up Eggs: The Matilija Poppy Festival 2024

Prepare to be dazzled by a breathtaking display of California sunshine! Our garden is currently carpeted with the vibrant blooms of the Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri), also known as the "fried egg" plant. From now until June, these stunning native wildflowers will blanket the landscape, creating a spectacle you won't want to miss.

Standing tall at up to 8 feet, these robust shrubs are adorned with blooms the size of sunny-side-up eggs. Witness their delicate, origami-like white petals and bright yellow center filaments. As you marvel at their spectacular beauty, pause and listen – the Matilija poppy flowers also possess a delightful fragrance that attracts a wide range of pollinator insects all around you.

A Caution for Aspiring Gardeners:

While the Matilija poppy puts on a showstopping display, it's important to be aware of its aggressive growth habits. It spreads readily through underground rhizomes and can quickly overtake a garden if not carefully managed. Therefore, planting it directly in the ground is generally not recommended unless you have a large, dedicated space.

Join us at the Matilija Poppy Festival and immerse yourself in the magic of these extraordinary blooms!

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