Meconopsis


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Meconopsis

 

a genus of plants of the family Papaveraceae. They are annual, biennial, or perennial grasses. The plants contain a yellowish milky juice. The entire leaves (either lobed or dissected) are either bare or distinctively pubescent. The large flowers are solitary or in racemose, corymbiform, or paniculate inflorescences. There are four to ten petals, which are primarily yellow, sky blue, or violet, and two sepals (rarely three or four). The fruit is a capsule. Of the approximately 45 species, only one —the Welsh poppy (Meconopsis cambrica) —is found in Western Europe; the rest are distributed in southeastern Asia, from the Himalayas to West China. All species of Meconopsis are used as ornamentals.

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There are perennial varieties of meconopsis but these rarely produce viable seed and so need to be propagated by division - best in the autumn.
The proposed pioneer species are Meconopsis racemosa, Meconopsis horridula, Arenaria delavayi, Draba oreodoxa, Cremanthodium smithianum, Polygonum macrophyllum, and Carex capilliformis.
Batal, 3,960m 51654 PUN Speciosum (Decne.) Raven n = 18 (4x) Papaveraceae (27) Meconopsis aculeata Royle Gauri Kund, 3,930m 49361 PUN (Figure 3(c)) (Chharbongcha Chharmeri) n = 28 (4x) Podophyllaceae (28) Podophyllum hexandrum Royk Gulaba 3,400m 51708 PUN (Figure 3(d)) (Omo-Shey) n = 6 (2x) Ranunculaceae (29) Aconitum heterophyllum Manimahesh Lake, 51398 PUN Wall, ex Royle (Figure 3(e)) 4,300m (Boa) n = 8 (2x) (30) A.
com or 800/274-7333; free catalog) sells seeds of Meconopsis betonicifolia and several other varieties.
The most spectacular of this group, though, is the blue Himalayan poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia).
Francis initially aimed to study the distribution of Meconopsis in Tibet, but his journey took him along the Yarlung Tsangpo river.
Also at his home he has planted a woodland border with snowdrops and his preferred snowflake, Hellebores, Fritillarias, Fothergilla major, Meconopsis cookii, Cypripedium and Cardiocrinum giganteum.
There are beautiful all round views particularly over the Carse of Stirling and towards Ben Ledi and Ben Lomond as well as herbaceous borders, meconopsis, late spring bulbs, and a water feature with a wide variety of primulas.There is a small walled garden, predominantly for fruit and greenhouse, and a well established vine.
Some seeds can be planted straightaway such as astrantia, foxglove, angelica, aquilegia, meconopsis, primula, orlaya and delphinium.
Our solution is to leaven the white mix with a little pure blue, for example meconopsis betonicifolia and the courtyard refugee salvia patens.
I bought an oenothera named African Sun, and meconopsis sheldonii - a gorgeous blue poppy hybrid grown to maintain its true colours and habit for just pounds 4.99.