P&PDL Picture of the Week for
April 19, 2010

Plume Poppy Running Underground

Mike Dana, Professor Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Purdue University

Here is great evidence of what horticulturists mean when they say a plant has a vigorous, underground, spreading habit. This is Macleaya cordata, the plume poppy. The original plant is back against the brick wall in the photo, and the new growth, as underground rhizomes, is popping up all along the underground stem, up to 5 feet away from the original plant. This kind of a plant is great for a location where it can be contained, or the gardener is willing to manage this vigorous type of habit, but it should be used with caution in general garden and landscape situations.

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Plume poppy spreading in landscape

Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Lab Purdue Cooperative Extension Service