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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