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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