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9827 a curiosity... it's called a plume poppy


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 9827  a curiosity... it's called a plume poppy

have a clump in the gh, and one on the stream bank. very sturdy and dramatically tall!

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I had this in my last garden it was hard to control but I love the foliage .....

27 Jun, 2020


lol... and that's the truth, Amy! it has spread out of the gh... found a seedling among the first year tiger lilies. Even on the stream bank, which is exposed to winter cold and pounding summer rain it is spreading it's area of influence! We had our first summer thunderstorm and torrential rain last night and the oriental poppies and peonies took a hit.

28 Jun, 2020


we've had a couple of storms Lori but nothing like yours ..

29 Jun, 2020


Can't wait to see the poppies Lori. As Amy says, we've had some downpours, but no nothing like like yours..

1 Jul, 2020


Here's the "curiosity" of this plant's name, Janey. The inflorescence is a "plume" of tiny rather insignigicant flowers. Not a large a flower (as in the aspect of most "poppies") They are (IMHO) totally insignificant but it drives the bees to frenzy and have a scent that is so light it's not (at first) obvious. The leaves were the first attractant for me.. they're a lovely shape and a soft gray/green/coppery colour...and the plant can grow very (VERY) tall. over 8 ft. sometimes. I'm going to use up lots of space growing it.
Weatherwise, it's been so dry that the extra moisture is slurped up almost immediately. To be totally contrary...I love a good thunderstorm and downpour! just wish it was kinder to my plants.

1 Jul, 2020


How unusual and interesting it sounds, and the bees crave it..:) I'm looking forward to seeing it in full bloom Lori and how high it grows..
Yes I love a thunderstorm too, just the garden and my cottage takes a beating. Lovely to be inside snug and watching it though..:)

1 Jul, 2020


I'll post in a week or so... it should be at it's height by then. I quite like it but have to find something that will harmonize with the leaf colour.. it's quite different. have iris pseudacoris near it and silver gray leafed mullein.

3 Jul, 2020


The Mullein should look wonderful Lori, they grow well where you are? With the winters I mean?

3 Jul, 2020


I was surprised at the number of varieties of Mullein that's available... I have the wildflower kind that grow like saguaro cacti... tall and branching like a candlearbra. but have bought a var. called sixteen candles that seems to be weakening (smaller plants) but spreading ..have found them growing where I seeded Only the Lonely... so I'm not sure who's who yet.

9 Jul, 2020


How intriguing Lori, yes I was thinking of the wild mullein. We used to see so many growing in the hillsides of northern Spain, that's why I wondered if your cold winters would suit it..

9 Jul, 2020


it seems to thrive anywhere there is deep sandy soil, Janey. and with winter snow cover. it has a root system that goes down to China. (perhaps it's able to survive the frost by rooting deeply.) It is a true comes up the first year as just a rosette of lovely gray green furry leaves, and the second year it sends up it's pretty yellow, towering spires. it seeds prodigiously and there always seems to be another generation in the works...although the sites of it's growth seem to migrate from year to year.

10 Jul, 2020

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