Macleaya microcarpa 'Kelway's Coral Plume'
Wonderful naturalised with tall grasses in the prairie or wildflower garden; a showy plant with Verbena bonariensis and tall poppies
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: June and July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Hazy plumes of tiny, coral-pink or taupe flowers appear in June and July on stiff, towering stems, above unusual, scalloped, glaucous leaves. Unlike other flowering perennials of similar height, this handsome plume poppy seldom needs staking. Planted in bold swathes, it makes a lovely centrepiece for a large, sunny, moist but well-drained border, sheltered from cold, drying winds, and it looks wonderful with ornmanental grasses.
- Garden care: Lift and divide large colonies in late autumn or spring. Cut down to the ground in autumn or spring.
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Q:The 'Fiery Summer' ready made border-is it ok for a clay border in the sun and changing a plant?
Hello, I am about to order the above border but there is one plant I am not too keen on which is the plume poppy. Could you suggest a good alternative, please, and also, will the whole border be suitable for clay soil in a sunny position? Thanks for your help, JuliaAsked on 11/17/2009 by Julia Luck
A:Thank you, Helen. This does help,- I can go ahead and order now. Thank you, JuliaAnswered on 11/19/2009 by Julia Luck
A:Hello Julia, This border will be fine in clay soil as long as it does not hold water for any length of time and it has plenty of composted organic matter dug in. As for the Macleaya, you could sub it for the following 1 x Brachyglottis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/mediterranean-plants/brachyglottis-dunedin-group-sunshine/classid.4376/ or 3 more Helenium Waldtraut http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/helenium-waldtraut/classid.2889/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 11/19/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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