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Photo: Plume poppy

Photo: Plume poppy
Photo: Plume poppy
Plume poppy

General description


Easily grown in moist, sandy, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade. Full sun is best in cool summer climates, but part afternoon shade is appreciated in hot summer climates. Plants will spread somewhat aggressively by rhizomes in optimum growing conditions. Fertile soils and shade encourage more rapid spread. Propagate by division in spring or by seed. Plants may self-seed in the garden. Deadhead spent flowers to discourage unwanted reseeding. Notwithstanding plant height, staking is usually not required.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Plume poppy is a vigorous rhizomatous perennial that grows to 5-8’ tall. It is noted for its attractive flower panicles, large scalloped leaves and spreading habit. Branched, airy panicles (to 12” long) of apetulous but showy, creamy white flowers bloom from mid to late summer. Each flower has 24-30 conspicuous stamens. Lobed and scalloped leaves (6-8” long) are light green to olive green above and gray-white beneath. Each leaf is heart-shaped at the base, hence the specific epithet. Stems contain yellow sap.


Variety of
Papaver pilosum (Papaver pilosum)
78 - 118 cm
Soil type
Full sun, Partial shade
Moist but well-drained