HARDY PERENNIALS: MACLEAYA

M. cordifolia, is an excellent background subject—whether used at the rear of dwarfer kinds, or against a background of evergreens, or a building. The leaves are an attractive bronzy green and steins are strong. Flowers may be small, but make a very pleasing cut flower. The roots are somewhat fleshy and have the capacity for a fairly rapid spread in light soil, appearing some distance from the original plant. Such new growth can be hoed off or dug out if not wanted, because otherwise plants can be left alone for several years to give a distinctive display from their 5 feet spikes in August-September. This is the true species, but what is sometimes offered as M. cordifolia ‘CoralPlume’, is in fact a clone of M. microcarpa. This has very tiny flowers indeed, presenting a hazy coral brown effect on spikes 6 feet or more high and the same handsome foliage. It has the same kind of root system—easy to increase, long lived and adaptable.

MACLEAYA cordifolia

MACLEAYA cordifolia

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