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Macleaya cordata

 
Macleaya cordata
plume poppy
Synonym(s) Bocconia cordata
Common name plume poppy
Family papaveraceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-10)
Flowers white, summer
Size 6-8 ft
Light full sun
Cultural notes average garden soil

Needs plenty of space to spread its plumes of tiny pink or whitish-buff flowers. The bronze lobed leaves are 8 inch wide and grey-white on the undersides.
Keep well watered until established.
The sap of this plant is a potent orange stain. I find this out every year, because the wandering habits of this species prompt me to pull stalks that come up where I want other things to grow. Not a problem (the wandering, or the stain), but worth knowing up front.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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