PLUME POPPY

FAMILY: Papaveraceae | GENUS: MACLEAYA

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

These tall perennials from China and Japan are sometimes still listed as Bocconia, a name properly belonging to their shrubby tropical relatives. The two species described below resemble each other. Both have creeping rhizomes; tall, erect stems; large, deeply lobed leaves much like those of edible fig (Ficus carica); and small flowers in large, branching clusters. These plants have a tropical look, and their value lies in size and structure rather than flower color. Can be invasive if not controlled; plant among shrubs rather than amid delicate perennials. Resist deer.

plume poppy

macleaya cordata

  • To 78 feet tall, with 3 feet-wide clumps of grayish green, 10 inches leaves and clouds of tiny white to beige flowers.
  • Considered somewhat less invasive than Macleaya microcarpa.

macleaya microcarpa

  • Resembles Macleaya cordata but has pinkish beige flowers.
  • Flowers of 'Kelway's Coral Plume' are more decidedly pink.

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