Fried Egg Poppy Success In Mid Atlantic States

I am trying to find out if anyone in the Mid Atlantic States (Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina) has had any success with a "Fried Egg Poppy" plant (matilija poppy or Romneya Coulteri). These grey green plants have large white crepe like flowers with golden yellow centers. The plant grows 3 to 4 ft tall. I am interested in buying a plant but can only find them in CA and wonder if it is worth the expense. Maybe someone knows a closer source.


Hardiness Zone: 7a

Sue from Richmond, VA

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July 20, 20070 found this helpful

I tried for years to grow poppies and they never "took". Maybe they just aren't right for this climate and that's why you can't find the plants nearby.

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July 21, 20070 found this helpful

The Fried Egg Poppy sounds like fun! I haven't tried it yet.
I live in Maryland and have had lots of success with Oriental Poppies, which are beautiful. None of the other types have worked.
I have the poppies right behind our house, where they get sun most of the day.
Good luck!

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December 29, 20180 found this helpful

Romneya coulteri is on the J.C. Raulston Arboretum site. They have photos of it growing there in North Carolina so it seems it can be cultivated successfully on the East Coast.


I've considered growing it myself and was unsure whether it was possible to grow with summer rain and humidity. It is grown in England.

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