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Macleaya microcarpa 'Kelway's Coral Plume'

Plume poppy

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

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photo by Dianna Jazwinski, copyright GAP Photos (39517)

Plant details

The plume poppy is a striking architectural plant, with tall upright stems and attractive grey to olive green, lacy, foliage. Holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit (AGM), 'Kelway's Coral Plume' produces deep coral-pink flowers in summer. Plants are slow to get going and often barely grow in their first season, but once established, they can spread quite rapidly. If space permits, plants look best when allowed to develop freely into large clumps, especially when used as a feature in the same way as pampas grass.

Family: Papaveraceae

Genus: Macleaya

Species: microcarpa

Cultivar: Kelway's Coral Plume

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 220cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: October to May

Flowering period: June to July

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