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
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
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.
Other poppies, Meconopsis
cambrica in oranges and yellows, sparkle and the bright Euphorbia palustris hold your attention.
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.