Bocconia Cordata

Bocconia Cordata Plant Information


Bocconia Cordata grows in the following 21 states:

Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia

Macleaya cordata, the five-seeded plume-poppy, is a species of flowering plant in the poppy family Papaveraceae, which is used ornamentally. It is native to China and Japan. It is a large herbaceous perennial growing to 2.5m (8ft) tall by 1m (3ft) or more wide, with olive green leaves and airy panicles of buff-white flowers in summer.

The Latin cordata means "heart-shaped", referring to the leaves. The common name plume poppy is used for plants of the genus Macleaya. The Chinese name - (bluhi) is derived from (bluhi), the Northern Wei name of the instrument (d jio, "big horn"), for the tonal similarity between the playable hollow stem and the instrument.
It self-seeds readily and can be invasive, so in cultivation requires space. It is a popular subject for flower arranging.
M. kewensis, bred at Kew Gardens, is a hybrid of M. cordata and M. microcarpa. The cultivar 'Flamingo' has pink tinged flowers, and has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Macleaya cordata is a source of a variety of chemical compounds, mainly isoquinoline alkaloids. The seed oil contains dihydrosanguinarine, dihydrochelerythrine, and twelve fatty acids of which linoleic, oleic, palmitic and stearic acids predominate.

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