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Plume poppy

Macleaya cordata

Plume poppy

Exquisite when ruffled by a breeze, the exposed silver undersides of plume poppy foliage is a sight to behold. Large heart-shape leaves clothe bold upright stems that develop into extensive stands. Its elegant plumes of fluffy whitish-cream or buff flowers, composed of stamens that soon drop, may reach 1 foot long.

Beware of plume poppy's tendency to take over. Provide moist soil to get it established, but it will tolerate drought once mature. Put it in a spot where the delicate plant won't be exposed to drying, damaging winds.

Sun,Part Sun
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
6-8 feet tall
Plant Width:
2-3 feet wide
Bloom Time:
Blooms mid- to late summer
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Slopes
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Cut Flowers,Drought Tolerant,Easy to Grow
Plant It With
Sunflower, perennial

Of similar stature and liking similar conditions, Loddon Gold sunflower bears bright yellow double daisies that combine well with plume poppy.


Tall, brightly colored dahlias make colorful companions for plume poppy in sunny locations. Both may need staking.


Tall and bold with large open funnel-shape pink or white flowers, common rose mallow is a good match for plume poppy where soil remains moist.