Welsh Poppy

Meconopsis cambrica

Welsh Poppy - Meconopsis cambrica

Common Name: Welsh Poppy
Genus: Meconopsis
Species: cambrica

The Greek translation of the word Meconopsis means ‘Poppy like’

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.40 m (40 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Meconopsis cambrica is a member of the Poppy family but it does not fall within the Poppy Genus; Papaver. Welsh poppies have a long flowering period, starting in spring and often lasting until the early autumn. The flowers are yellow, sometimes orange-yellow. At the end of the flowering period, this plant is well known for self-seeding freely. The leaves of Meconopsis cambrica are extensively divided and fern-like.


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