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Macleaya microcarpa 'Spetchley Ruby' (Plume poppy 'Spetchley Ruby')

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
2m
Max height
1.2m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Macleaya microcarpa 'Spetchley Ruby'

Other names

Plume poppy 'Spetchley Ruby'

Genus

Macleaya Macleaya

Variety or Cultivar

'Spetchley Ruby' _ 'Spetchley Ruby' is a vigorous, spreading, rhizomatous perennial with erect stems bearing large, rounded and lobed, grey-green leaves, paler beneath, and large, open panicles of tiny, red flowers in summer.


Macleaya microcarpa 'Spetchley Ruby' is: Deciduous

Habit

Spreading

Flower

Red in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Cut to the base in late autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Root cuttings


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Where to grow

Macleaya microcarpa 'Spetchley Ruby' (Plume poppy 'Spetchley Ruby') will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 1.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Grows in any soil, but does best in deep, moderately fertile soil that is moist, but well-drained. This plant will need plenty of space and can be invasive on sandy soils. Provide shelter from cold wind in sun (will tolerate partial shade).

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Macleaya microcarpa 'Spetchley Ruby'

Other names

Plume poppy 'Spetchley Ruby'

Genus

Macleaya Macleaya

Variety or Cultivar

'Spetchley Ruby' _ 'Spetchley Ruby' is a vigorous, spreading, rhizomatous perennial with erect stems bearing large, rounded and lobed, grey-green leaves, paler beneath, and large, open panicles of tiny, red flowers in summer.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Spreading


Colour

Flower

Red in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

General care

Pruning

Cut to the base in late autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Root cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Macleaya microcarpa 'Spetchley Ruby' (Plume poppy 'Spetchley Ruby') will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 1.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Grows in any soil, but does best in deep, moderately fertile soil that is moist, but well-drained. This plant will need plenty of space and can be invasive on sandy soils. Provide shelter from cold wind in sun (will tolerate partial shade).

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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