Botanical Name: Meconopsis napaulensis
Common Name: Himalayan Poppy, Satin Poppy
Category: Hardy Perennial
Seed Count: 200
Meconopsis napaulensis, Himalayan Poppy, Satin Poppy: Reaching up to 1.5 m in height this spectacular species from Nepal is a ‘must have’. In early spring the thick, strong, main stem of this absolutely magnificent specimen arises, with branching spurs carrying golden eyed, cherry red, single flowers. The deeply lobed leaves are felted with silvery hairs and form what is one of the most sumptuous winter rosettes of all the meconopsis. Grows best in a woodland area in partial shade. The soil should be lime-free, moist, well-drained and moderately rich. Dislikes full sun and windy positions. Tolerates temperatures down to between -10° C. 1.5m H x 75cm W.
Meconopsis seeds 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.