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Himalayan Blue Poppy


By Nancym

Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia (Himalayan blue poppy))

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Beautiful...are they easy to grow?

17 Jan, 2008


Nancy - do you find these are perennial with you or do you have to treat them as annuals? Here in southeast England, they are practically impossible to keep; in western Scotland they grow like weeds.

18 Jan, 2008


Andrew I have had this one plant for 3 seasons now, so it is a perennial. However in the second year, there was a heathy plant , but no blooms. It will be interesting to see if it does reappear next spring and if indeed there are blooms. This is not a common plant here in Nova Scotia, and appart from the plant I gave to the gardener next door to me last summer, I do not know of any one in the area who is growing them. Very difficult to start from seed I understand,,,,I bought mine from a nursery as a second attempt.Needless to say I was a little camera happy when it came into bloom again last summer.It was spectacular!
Do you think a colder climate is the key?

18 Jan, 2008


I think you are right with your thoughts on the colder climate. These plants are native to the alpine meadows(3000-4000ft) of China, Tibet and Upper Burma.
They prefer poorer soils, rocky is best and can get to 1m in height.
Fabulous wherever and whenever it's seen.

18 Jan, 2008

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