Himalayan Poppy (Meconopsis napaulensis)

Perennial
M. wallichii.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Himalayan Poppy
Meconopsis napaulensis
Papaveraceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The root is used as a narcotic[240].

  • Edible Use

    An edible oil is extracted from the seed[105, 177, 183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in late summer. Spring sown seed is slower to germinate[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Grows best in a woodland soil in partial shade[1, 200]. The soil should be lime-free, moist, well-drained and moderately rich[200]. Dislikes full sun and windy positions[200]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10¡c[200]. A very ornamental plant[1]. Monocarpic, the plants living for a number of years before flowering but then dying once they flower[200]. A fine plant for growing in open woodland[1]. Plants are subject to ‘crown rot’ when they are growing in damp conditions[1].
E. Asia – Himalayas to China, Nepal and Szechwan.

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