This plant can vary in colour from pink to blue, with our plants being predominantly pink. Few good seeds are ever collected here at low level as it prefers the lofty Himalayan peaks where it sets seeds reliably and romps about happily. One of the rarer thorny species of the genus Meconopsis, it has a small geographical distribution restricted to specific areas of Pakistan and India in the west Himalayas. The species was originally described from specimens collected by Royle in 1833. Sadly, the species is highly valued as a medicinal plant, with the resulting demand for the plant placing pressure on wild populations due to over-collection.
Seeds can be sown at any time, but for a full season of growth are best sown in trays in early spring. Cover seeds thinly in a cool spot, artificial heat is rarely needed as this can cause rapid germination and fungal attack. Seedlings usually appear within 3 to 6 weeks but can take much longer. Pot on into small pots and protect from hot sun. Plant out into a shaded, moist, peaty or organic soil. Many are herbaceous, dying down to a large, resting, winter bud.
Packet Content:12 (Approx)