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Macleaya microcarpa 'Kelway's Coral Plume' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Spreading / Branched

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Brown and Pale Pink in Summer

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

plume poppy 'Kelway's Coral Plume'

Family

Papaveraceae


Macleaya are large herbaceous rhizomatous perennials with handsome palmately lobed leaves and large airy panicles of tiny flowers

'Kelway's Coral Plume' is a vigorous, spreading herbaceous perennial to 2m in height, with large, rounded and lobed grey-green leaves, whitish beneath. Tiny buff-pink flowers are carried in large, airy terminal panicles

Synonym(s)

  • Macleaya microcarpa 'Coral Plume'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Best in a deep, moderately fertile soil that is moist but well-drained; but will tolerate most soils. It needs plenty of space and can be invasive on sandy soils. For the best foliage, provide shelter from cold winds; likes sun but tolerates partial shade

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Loam, Chalk or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by division in late autumn or spring or separate root rhizomes when dormant in winter and treat as you would root cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Flower borders and beds, Architectural or Cottage/Informal Garden


How to care

Pruning

Cut down to the base in late autumn

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free