Meconopsis baileyi Alba – Crepe paper like pure white, almost transparent petals with a golden boss of stamens describe this fabulous and much sort after perennial. Previously called Meconopsis betonicifolia, this amazing plant forms clumps of hairy sage green leaves from which arise strong stems carrying heads of the most delicious blue poppy like flowers. Enjoys a sheltered, shaded, cool spot in the garden, with humus rich, damp, well drained neutral to acid soil. Will self seed. 90cm x 45cm.
Meconopsis baileyi Alba 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 much 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.