Beatrix Farrand Plant Profiles

Macleaya cordata


Macleaya cordataplume poppy

Plume Poppy is a giant background plant with handsome, deeply lobed powdery grey-green leaves, topped in summer by big blush to cream-colored plumes up to 7 feet tall.

Grow in full sun to shade in any type of soil. Plants will spread very quickly to form a large patch, so be sure to remove unwanted shoots every spring. It may also be grown in a large tub or pot, above the ground or sunk to the rim.

Best used in the right setting such as a specimen in a large border, against buildings or in a space that it can spread to easily to fill.