PINK PLUME POPPY
Coral-pink smoky plumes of finest flowers, froth to 1.5m. in summer, making Macleaya microcarpa an eyecatching background plant.
Though even if it never flowered I would grow it just for it’s handsome, large, grey-blue-green, lobed leaves.
Creamy smoke and grey-blue-green foliage
But gardeners can be greedy, and have it all. So when coral-pink smoke combines with the sea of cool foliage, it is a stirring summer display.
And it makes a showy cut flower for a large vase, where its smoky fineness is the perfect foil for bolder flowers.
Macleaya microcarpa is commonly known as the Pink Plume Poppy, probably because the attractive foliage does look a little poppy-like (and it does belong to the broader poppy family Papaveraceae). But a poppy it ain’t, though plume in pink it does.
Plume Poppy is invaluable in gardens with tough conditions, and limited water.
It does sucker in good going – so do put it in a tougher spot to slow it down, or contain it.
It certainly makes an impressive, and indestructibly tough specimen in a large tub.
Tough, easy grower, & low maintenance
Plant Macleaya microcarpa in Full Sun to Part Shade. Frost hardy.
Very tolerant of a wide range of soils, from sandy to clay.
Dry & frost hardy, and able to resist drought.
1.5-1.8m H x 45cm + W.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Can be scattered in garden during autumn, winter or early spring, as seeds need some cold before emerging in spring / or can be sown indoors at any time.
Indoors: Sow seeds in punnets on surface of good quality seed raising mix. Press gently, don’t cover. Seeds need light to germinate.
Keep moist in 18-22°C well-lit position.
Seeds germinate in 14-28 days approx.
If they do not show, then they need some chilling to break their dormancy.
So wrap moist, sown punnet in cling wrap & place in fridge (not freezer) for 4-6 weeks to mimic winter chilling.
Remove from fridge, unwrap punnet & return to 18-22°C. in a well-lit position.
SEED COUNT: 50 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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