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Meconopsis baileyi var. alba (Himalayan White Poppy)

Himalayan White Poppy, Meconopsis betonicifolia var. alba, Meconopsis betonicifolia 'Alba', Meconopsis baileyi 'Alba', Tibetan White Poppy

Meconopsis Baileyi var. alba, Himalayan White Poppy, Tibetan White Poppy, Meconopsis betonicifolia var. alba, Meconopsis betonicifolia 'Alba', Meconopsis baileyi 'Alba'

Meconopsis baileyi var. alba (Himalayan White Poppy) is a short-lived, clump-forming perennial boasting large, silky, shallowly cup-shaped, pure white flowers, 3-4 in. wide (8-10 cm), with contrasting golden stamens and a short ivory-white style. Borne in succession on erect leafy stems, the pretty blossoms arise from a basal rosette of hairy, oblong, blue-green leaves. They give way to narrow seed pods. Short-lived, Himalayan White Poppy will, however, persist and flower year after year, if given suitable conditions and care. Planted in small groups, the delicate flowers will brighten up your shady borders and draw attention from late spring to early summer.

  • Grows in clumps up to 4-5 ft. tall (120-150 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm). Will happily self-seed in good growing conditions to create a lovely colony.
  • Prefers part shade in humus-rich, slightly acidic, moist but well-drained soils. Make sure the soil has plenty of organic matter. Do not allow the soil to dry out during the growing season or get waterlogged in winter.
  • This plant does not respond well to high summer heat and humidity but thrives in areas with cool damp summers. Shelter from cold, dry winds.
  • Apply a balanced fertilizer in spring and mulch round plants with garden compost or well-rotted manure.
  • Perfect for beds and borders, cottage gardens, and woodland gardens.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant
  • Cut back spent flower stems unless seeds are required.
  • Propagate by seed, sown fresh and thinly in containers in a cold frame; light is needed for germination. May also be propagated by division immediately after flowering, though plants can be short-lived.
  • May be affected by slugs and snails or downy mildew
  • Native to the Himalayas.

Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 17, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Papaveraceae
Genus Meconopsis
Common names Blue Poppy, Himalayan Poppy
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Meconopsis ‘Jimmy Bayne’ (Blue Poppy)
Meconopsis ‘Bobby Masterton’ (Blue Poppy)
Meconopsis ‘Lingholm’ (Blue Poppy)
Meconopsis grandis (Tibetan Poppy)
Meconopsis napaulensis (Satin Poppy)
Papaver nudicaule (Iceland Poppy)

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 17, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Papaveraceae
Genus Meconopsis
Common names Blue Poppy, Himalayan Poppy
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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