On Feb 12, 2015, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Per Jan Emming owner of the Destination:Forever Ranch and Gardens, a 40 acre desert botanical garden and sustainable living homestead in the Arizona desert with a nursery:
Touring the western edges of the expansive Colorado Plateau, one can come across some very interesting habitats for plants and animals. Among the most unusual of these are gypsum hills. This is a uniquely difficult environment for plants to survive in due to what is sometimes called "high ionic strength soil", aridity, poor nutrition, and rapid rates of erosion. In our recent tour of the region, we more or less stumbled across a critically endangered and beautiful plant on these gypsiferous hills named the dwarf bear claw poppy, Arctomecon humilis. Not knowing what it was at the time of discovery but recog... read more
On Feb 22, 2005, balvenie from Marysville, WA (Zone 7a) wrote:
"Arctomecon humile Colville. Small desert poppy
Plants form small rather dense tufts of grey green leaves.These are roughly spatular shaped,with a lobed,often 3-lobed,apex and narrowed gradually below into a slender petiole.The foliage is rather sparsley hairy and without the fuzzy appearance of the other two species.The small white flowers,2.5-5 cm(1-2 in )diameter are borne on branched astems just clear of the foliage,with the lower branches bracted.There is a rather small boss of yellow stamens in the centre of the flower,surrounding the greenish-yellow ovary.
One of the rarest poppies in the world that is restricted to a single site in Utah close to both the Nevada and Arizona state lines.Unffortunately,the only known site iswithin the boundaries of the rapidly developin... read more