Macleaya microcarpa 'Kelway's Coral Plume'

2 litre pot £12.99
available to order from late summer
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Buy Macleaya microcarpa 'Kelway's Coral Plume' plume poppy: Towering perennial with hazy flowers and pretty leaves

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June to 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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Notes on 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"

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I have 3 plume poppies in my garden, planted 3 years ago. All been good except this year 2 of the plants are showing no sign of shooting, the remaining plant is about 18" high. The 2 in question did have tiny shoots showing about 2/3 weeks ago but these seem to have died. Are they likely to shoot now, or do I need to replace them? They will leave enormous gaps in my planting so if replacements need I do need to get on with it! Many thanks


Hello, It is difficult to say if they have died or not as it is still relatively early for them. Therefore, for the time being I would give them another month and see what happens.


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, Julia

Julia Luck

Thank you, Helen. This does help,- I can go ahead and order now. Thank you, Julia

Julia Luck

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 or 3 more Helenium Waldtraut I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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