Meconopsis baileyi Hensol Violet, Himalayan Poppy Hensol Violet: Discovered by Lady Hederson of Hensol Castle, this exquisite variant of the ‘Himalayan Blue Poppy’ is a bright violet purple with the merest hint of red. Comes quite true from seed. Forms a a clump of hairy sage green leaves and is semi deciduous. This gorgeous poppy should be more widely known. Enjoys a sheltered, shaded, cool spot in the garden, with humus rich, damp, well drained neutral to acid soil. Will self seed. 75 cm H x 45 cm W.
Seeds Meconopsis can be sown at any time in good quality seed raising mix, however early spring sowing is best to gain a full seasons growth. Cover seeds thinly with river sand or seed raising mix. And place in a cool spot. No artificial heat is needed as this can cause rapid germination and fungal attack, or make seed go into ma deeper dormancy. 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 in a shaded, moist humus rich slightly acid soil. Many are herbaceous and dye down to a large resting bud.