The Q&A Archives: Himalayan Blue Poppy

Question: I'm looking for information on the Himilayan blue poppy and where I can obtain the plant. I understand that they are not easy to start from seed. I think it is perennial.

Answer: Meconopsis betonicifolia is the Himalyan blue poppy. It's a tall, leafy, short lived perennial growing 2-4 feet tall with hairy leaves and silky, 3-4 inch wide sky blue poppies. It needs shade, humid air, cool summer temperatures and loose, acid soil. Seeds need a 3-week prechill prior to germination and can take 30-100 days to sprout when kept at 55F-70F. Seeds are available from Thompson & Morgan (800-274-7333). Sorry - I can't find transplants for you.

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