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  • himalayan blue poppy
  • Eventual height: 1.2m
  • Eventual spread: 0.45m

Meconopsis baileyi

himalayan blue poppy

RHS award of garden merit
9cm pot £7.99
9cm pot £7.99

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: humus rich, moist, well drained, neutral to slightly acid soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    From early to midsummer, branching bristly stems carry several shallow, bowl-shaped, flowers in shades of sky blue to pinkish-lavender well above the tufted foliage. Ideal for the edges of a woodland where there is reliable moisture in summer.

    These plants can be quite difficult to grow, so are probably better suited to the more experienced gardener.

  • Garden care: Stake with bamboo canes or brushwood before the flowers appear. Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of bark chippings, well-rotted leaf mould or composted pine needles around the base of the plant in spring.

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