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Macleaya microcarpa 'Kelway's Coral Plume'

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Family: Papaveraceae (pa-pav-er-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Macleaya (ma-KLAY-uh) (Info)
Species: microcarpa (my-kro-KAR-puh) (Info)
Cultivar: Kelway's Coral Plume

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pink
Coral/Apricot

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Herbaceous
Silver/Gray

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Negative EffieH On Apr 21, 2010, EffieH from Amston, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I live in eastern Connecticut & bought a couple of these at the local nursery and planted them in my front yard -- WHAT A MISTAKE!! The most horrible invasive plant I've ever experienced!!!! My husband and I had to hand-dig every single root of these out of the front yard (along with a lot of really nice plants that these thugs had intertwined their roots with, that were never going to be dislodged!) -- then we had to apply a seriously strong weed killer to every single spot they reappeared for several years, and we never use pesticides or chemicals in our yard. DO NOT BUY THIS PLANT!!!!

Positive nevadagdn On Mar 24, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

Survives the kind of dry shade/heavy clay that very few other plants will survive.

Neutral lupinelover On Feb 1, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Can also be propagated by root cuttings taken in the late winter or early spring.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Amston, Connecticut
Rockford, Illinois
Springfield, Missouri
Sparks, Nevada



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