Himalayan blue poppy

Meconopsis betonicifolia

Himalayan blue poppy - Meconopsis betonicifolia

Common Name: Himalayan blue poppy
Genus: Meconopsis
Species: betonicifolia

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue
Foliage Colour: Blue/GreenFlowering Period: June

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

Spectacular saucer shaped bright blue flowers with golden centres in early summer above rosettes of toothed hairy bluish green leaves. This elusive Himalayan blue poppy looks lovely growing in a shady woodland setting. It is short-lived perennial and unless planted in moist soil can die after flowering though it usually does produce several crowns around the parent plant which will bloom the following year.

  • 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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