A genus mostly native to Asia.
Meconopsis baileyi (syn.
betonicifolia), the Blue Tibetan Poppy, has stems
up to three feet, bearing several brilliant peacock-blue
flowers centred with orange stamens.
It is perennial only if the flower buds are removed
in the first season before flowering.
Meconopsis cambrica, the Welsh Poppy, a native of western
Europe, reaches a foot high, with yellow poppy-like
flowers, two inches across.
Meconopsis wallichii, from the Himalayas, reaches four
to sex feet, with beautiful fern-like foliage;
the flowers, about three inches across, are pale
blue with orange anthers.
Meconopsis regia has bright yellow flowers on stems up
to four feet or more.
Meconopsis grandis, three feet, from Sikkim, has violet-
or slate-blue flowers.
Meconopsis quintuplinervia, one to one and a half feet,
is a dainty Tibetan, with flowers of lilac-blue.
These plants, except Meconopsis cambrica which will grow
in ordinary sandy loam, require partial shade
and a soil rich in peat or leafmould and well
Propagate from seed.
The flowering season is in spring.
See also : Meconopsis