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Macleaya microcarpa

Common Name:
Plume poppy
Plant Type:
Deciduous perennial
Papaveraceae (The Poppy Family)
Geographic Origin:
China and Taiwan
California Native?:
Plant Size:
5-8 feet
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Light salmon
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
This giant perennial of the poppy family forms rather dense thickets from underground rhizomes. The individual shoots are stout and quite erect, rising 6 feet or more. The leaves are very large, roundish, lobed and scalloped on the margins and colored grey green above, tan to lighter grey beneath. In summer great plumes of small cream-colored blossoms, opening from bronze to flesh-colored buds, adorn the plants. The leaves take on pleasing pastel shades before the stems die down in winter. Sun, most soils, moderate watering. Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less.