(Meconopsis aculeata)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Meconopsis aculeata
Papaveraceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The root contains narcotic principles[211, 240].

    The entire plant is used in Tibetan medicine, where it is considered to have a bitter taste and a cooling potency[241]. Analgesic and febrifuge, it is used to help heal broken bones, to treat inflammation from fractures and pain in the upper bodily region, especially around the ribs[241].

  • Edible Use

    The plant is said to be edible[145] but no further details are known, not even which part of the plant can be eaten.

  • Cautionary Notes

    The whole plant, but especially the root, is considered to be poisonous, it contains narcotic principles[211, 240].

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]. Monocarpic, the plants living for a number of years before flowering but then dying once they flower[200].
E. Asia – W. Himalayas from Pakistan to Uttar Pradesh.

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