Meconopsis sp., Himalayan Blue Poppy

Meconopsis sp.

Himalayan Blue Poppy
Family: Papaveraceae
Origin: Himalayas, Burma, China
USDA Zone: 7-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeShadeRegular waterYellow, orange flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Meconopsis sp. (Himalayan Blue Poppy) grows 2-5 feet tall with a spread of 1-2 feet depending on the species. The attractive foliage is bluish-green, with lobed and toothed leaves. The flowers appear in early summer, and come in several colors, white and off-white, blue, lavender, and purple. Some variations in the species also have yellow and orange flowers. This plant is an attractive addition to any garden, as it often attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

This plant is native to the Himalayas, Burma and China, and can be grown in USDA zones 7-10.

The Himalayan Blue Poppy is an easy to grow plant as long as it is kept in moist, well-drained soil in partial shade to semi-shade. Water regularly, as this plant does not tolerate dry conditions, but avoid over-watering. Himalayan Blue Poppies are suitable for growing in containers, so this is an option for gardeners in areas with colder climates. In these colder regions, ensure the pot is well-drained, and place it in an area that gets some morning sun.

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