White Himalayan poppy

Meconopsis betonicifolia var. alba

White Himalayan poppy - Meconopsis betonicifolia var. alba

Common Name: White Himalayan poppy
Genus: Meconopsis
Species: betonicifolia var. alba

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.60 m (160 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: Blue/GreenFlowering Period: June & July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A much - coveted white Himalayan poppy which produces cup - shaped flowers in summer that open out to resemble 8 - 10cm (3-4) saucers. They appear on bristly stems that rise from amongst rosettes of toothed bluish - green deciduous foliage. It looks lovely growing in a partially shaded woodland setting. Often short-lived it can die after flowering so it is advisable to let it develop several crowns before it is allowed to flower as this will help encourage perennial growth.


  • Garden care: Stake with bamboo canes or brushwood before the flowers appear. Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of bark chippings well-rotted leaf mould or composted pine needles around the base of the plant in spring

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