An unusual bristly poppy with gorgeous, floppy, blue, tissue-paper flowers. The epithet "horrid" obviously applies to the spiny looking stems and certainly not to the striking cobalt-blue, ivory-eyed flowers. It often self-seeds in gritty soil and is possibly the only Asiatic meconopsis which is resistant to drought, sometimes dying down to a resting tuber if conditions are too hot for it in its first year!
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.
Common name:Prickly Blue-Poppy, Tibetan Poppy, Tibetischer Mohne
Classification:Hardy biennial, Hardy perennial