At last an easy-to-grow Meconopsis!
Meconopsis cambrica, also known as Welsh Poppy, is native to mountainous regions in Europe (Ireland, Great Britain, and France) and is naturalized in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland (it escaped from gardens over the border!) and grows spontaneously in meadows and bushes in cold, damp places on limestone bedrock. It is the only species of the Meconopsis genus found in Europe.
It forms a large, rather floppy, somewhat fernlike clump of pale green, hairy leaves that grow up to 50 cm in height and it produces superb, lemon-yellow to orange-yellow simple flowers from April to September.
In the garden, in shady, moist to damp spots, sheltered from drying, cold winds Meconopsis cambrica will naturalise by freely re-seeding.
For extensive rockeries, old crumbling walls, stonework, paving or to edge a pathway.
Grow in the shade, partial shade in humus-rich, slightly acid to alkaline, moist to damp, but not sodden soil, which should be very well drained.
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The genus includes about fifty species native to Central Asia (Manchuria – China and Russia – and the Himalayas) and Europe for Meconopsis cambrica. These exquisitely beautiful perennials can be ephemeral or biannual and like semi-shady situations. They grow best in damp environments in damp, but not sodden, humus-rich soil. Avoid exposed situations, and cold, drying winds.
Meconopsis cambrica Vig.
Redouté, P.J., Choix des plus belles fleurs et des plus beaux fruits, t. 68 (1833)
- 0,4L pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 30 to 50cm
- Plant spacing: 30 cm
- Flower colour: yellow
- Flowering period: summer flowers