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"SugarChile" expounded:

It's much taller than goatsbeard, with thicker stems and less of them in a
clump. The leaves are large, about the size of my hand or more. You don't
see it around much, I suppose because of its reputation for invasiveness,
but as I said, that's not been a problem for me. I love the stuff, it would
make my top ten list of plants I wouldn't want to be without. I even
designed a quilt featuring it, using tiny pink seed beads to make the
plumes.


They are lovely, but can be invasive, at least in our area.

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Ann, Gardening in zone 6a
Just south of Boston, MA
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SugarChile wrote:


Thanks very much for the suggestion. It looks, from the pix I've seen
on the web, rather like goatsbeard.

It's much taller than goatsbeard, with thicker stems and less of them in a
clump. The leaves are large, about the size of my hand or more. You don't
see it around much, I suppose because of its reputation for invasiveness,
but as I said, that's not been a problem for me. I love the stuff, it would
make my top ten list of plants I wouldn't want to be without. I even
designed a quilt featuring it, using tiny pink seed beads to make the
plumes.


Just as a footnote, plume poppy in my garden is an obnoxious thug. I removed the
mother plant years ago because it sent up runners all over the place (and at
considerable distance from the original plant) and I am still finding starts of this
thing in various parts of my garden. This is definitely a plant which should be sold
with a warning label.

pam - gardengal



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Old 29-04-2003, 07:08 PM
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Ah, but Pam, what's your soil like? I'm guessing it's excellent g. My
point, which I tried to make clear, is that some people find it to be
invasive, but I do not. I've got heavy clay, which I've worked to amend,
but the runners still just don't get very far in it. It has seeded itself
to a very small degree, two or three seedlings throughout the entire garden,
and they are easy to pull if not wanted; you could also clip the plumes as
they went to seed if you were worried about it.

I've had several plants that were a lot more of a PITA than this one;
including some rampant self-seeders. This is a beautiful plant IMO, and
can be well worth growing if you have a bit of knowledge about. Mint is
more invasive than plume poppy for me, yet people still grow mint; they just
take care to contain it. It's also possible that someone would have an area
they WANT to have overtaken by a vigorous plant.

Cheers,
Sue

Zone 6, Southcentral PA


"Pam" wrote in message
Just as a footnote, plume poppy in my garden is an obnoxious thug. I

removed the
mother plant years ago because it sent up runners all over the place (and

at
considerable distance from the original plant) and I am still finding

starts of this
thing in various parts of my garden. This is definitely a plant which

should be sold
with a warning label.

pam - gardengal








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