Inspiring Successful Gardens Since 1960

Plume Poppy*

Macleaya cordata

Add To My Wish List

print page
Plume Poppy (Macleaya cordata) at Kennedy's Country Gardens

Plume Poppy in bloom

Plume Poppy in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plume Poppy (Macleaya cordata) at Kennedy's Country Gardens

Plume Poppy flowers

Plume Poppy flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Plant Height:  6 feet

Flower Height:  8 feet

Spacing:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Ornamental Features

Plume Poppy features airy panicles of creamy white flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer. Its attractive large tomentose lobed leaves remain grayish green in color with curious silver undersides throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Plume Poppy is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading
  • Self-Seeding

Plume Poppy is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Vertical Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Plume Poppy will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity extending to 8 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This species is not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Articulation  Garden 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features