Himalayan blue poppy plant

Blue Poppy in Valley of flowers and nearby areas

Blue Poppy is also called as Queen of Himalayan Flowers. Blue poppy is found in abundance near Hemkund Sahib from mid July to August end. You can spot it in the Valley of Flowers also but it is mainly found at Hemkund Sahib only.

Genus of Blue Poppy is MECONOPSIS Vig. World 40 species; India 20 species. The term is derived from Greek word Mecon meaning Poppy. Blue Poppy is also called MECONOPSIS ACULEATA, Aculeata means bearing a pickle, referring a prickly nature of the plant. Whole plant contains narcotic constituents; roots are considered to be poisonous. Its status is Endangered.

English Name

Blue Poppy, Often called as Queen of Himalayan Flowers.

Local Name

नीला पोस्ता


Poppy Family, world 26 genera; 250 species, India 3 genera; 25 species.

Flowering time

June to September.


Rock Crevices, Hill Slopes.


It contains Narcotic Constituents; roots are poisonous.

Location in the Valley of flowers

You can find this flower in abundance at Hemkund Sahib Lake and on the way to Hemkund Sahib (last one kilometer). Also you can find some flowers after walking just 200 meters from entry gate of Valley of Flowers. The picture above is taken at Hemkund Sahib Lake

Following are some of the pictures of the Blue Poppy,hope you will like them all. If yes do not forget to comment or share with your friends.

Light blue colored Blue Poppy Close up look of Blue Poppy after few showers Blue Poppy Blue Poppy with Braham Kamal flower near Hemkund Sahib Blue Poppy on the way to Valley of Flowers Blue Poppy on the bank of lake at Hemkund Sahib Blue Poppy near Hemkund Sahib Blue Poppy near Helipad on the bank of River Pushpawati Blue Poppy fade colored Blue Poppy clicked on the way to Hemkund Sahib When I clicked I was not knowing this flower is Blue Poppy Blue Poppy tower of flowers Another Color of Blue Poppy while coming back from Hemkund Sahib Another Color of Blue Poppy while coming back from Hemkund Sahib this is rare color

Ferric ions involved in the flower color development of the Himalayan blue poppy, Meconopsis grandis

The Himalayan blue poppy, Meconopsis grandis, has sky blue-colored petals, although the anthocyanidin nucleus of the petal pigment is cyanidin. The blue color development in this blue poppy involving ferric ions was therefore studied. We analyzed the vacuolar pH, and the organic and inorganic components of the colored cells. A direct measurement by a proton-selective microelectrode revealed that the vacuolar pH value was 4.8. The concentrations of the total anthocyanins in the colored cells were around 5 mM, and ca. three times more concentrated flavonols were detected. Fe was detected by atomic analysis of the colored cells, and the ratio of Fe to anthocyanins was ca. 0.8 eq. By mixing the anthocyanin, flavonol and metal ion components in a buffered aq. solution at pH 5.0, we were able to reproduce the same blue color; the visible absorption spectrum and CD were identical to those in the petals, with Fe3+, Mg2+ and flavonol being essential for the blue color. The blue pigment in Meconopsis should be a new type of metal complex pigment that is different from a stoichiometric supramolecular pigment such as commelinin or protocyanin.

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Meconopsis – The Blue Poppy

The enchanting Blue Poppy (Meconopsis) creates a spectacular show in the late spring and early summer. Such a rich true blue flower is a rare garden treasure. Blue Poppies have a reputation of being difficult to grow, but these plants can be grown successfully if you follow a few basic guidelines.

Chose a location in partial shade out of hot afternoon sun and protected from strong winds.

Soil preparation is the single most important factor. Blue Poppies demand a rich well draining soil in an area of partial shade. If planting a single plant, dig a large hole about 18 inches by 18 inches deep. Mix one part compost or well rotted manure, one part fine bark mulch (composted for 2 – 3 months, if possible), and two parts original soil. Fill your planting hole with this mixture and add a balanced organic fertilizer or other slow release fertilizer. If you are creating a larger planting of three or more plants, prepare a planting bed by spreading 2 – 3 inches of compost or rotted manure and 2 – 3 inches of fine bark mulch, and dig into the soil to a depth of 18 inches. Work slow release fertilizer or organic fertilizer into the top 3 – 6 inches. Gently loosen the roots of the poppy and place at the same depth the plants were in the pots. We recommend installing plants rather than trying to start Meconopsis from seed. Seed must be very fresh to be successful.

Water regularly during the summer. Soaker hoses are great for thorough, deep watering. If the poppies are too dry, powdery mildew could be a problem.

Use liquid fertilizer every two weeks or a balanced granular fertilizer once a month during the growing season. This will keep your plants vigorous and healthy.

In the fall an organic mulch can be applied to a depth of 2 to 3 inches. Be sure to wait until the plants are completely dormant to apply the mulch. Fall is a good time to plant Meconopsis but they must be planted early enough in the fall so they are growing strongly before going dormant. If you miss this window of opportunity, then plant them in the spring.

Sometimes Blue Poppies will die after flowering. To help your plants be perennial, pinch out all flower buds for the first year. Early every spring it is critical to protect the emerging foliage from slugs.

Enjoy the unique experience of growing these spectacular plants and, with a little luck, you will have them reseeding in your garden.

The RSBG has found Meconopsis ‘Lingholm’ to be a most reliable selection, returning year after year with pure blue blooms. They are usually available in our mail order catalog.

The RSBG has introduced several dozen new ornamental plants into cultivation. Here are a few that we are currently featuring.

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Blue Poppy Info: Tips For Growing Himalayan Blue Poppy Plants

The blue Himalayan poppy, also known as just the blue poppy, is a pretty perennial, but it has some specific growing requirements that not every garden can provide. Find out more about this striking flower and what it needs to grow before adding it to your beds.

Caring for Blue Poppies – Blue Poppy Info

Blue Himalayan poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia) looks just like you might expect, like a poppy but in a striking shade of cool blue. These perennials grow tall, three to five feet (1 to 1.5 m/) in height and have hairy leaves like other types of poppies. The blooms are large and deep blue to purple in color. And while they resemble other poppies, these plants are not true poppies at all.

The climate and conditions have to be just right to grow Himalayan blue poppy plants successfully, and even then it can be challenging. The best results are seen in areas that are cool and moist with excellent drainage and soil that is slightly acidic.

The best types of gardens for blue poppies are mountain rock gardens. In the U.S., the Pacific Northwest is a good region for growing this flower.

How to Grow Blue Poppies

The best way to grow blue Himalayan poppy is to start with the best environmental conditions. Many varieties of this kind of poppy are monocarpic, which means they flower just once and then die. Know which type of plant you are getting before you try to grow a true perennial blue poppy.

To grow blue poppies successfully, give your plants a partially shady spot with rich soil that drains well. You will need to keep the soil moist with regular watering, but it cannot get soggy. If your soil is not very fertile, amend it with organic matter before planting.

Caring for blue poppies has a lot to do with what you have to work with in your current environment. If you just don’t have the right setting, there may be no way to grow them beyond one season.

Q: I have recently acquired some Himalayan blue poppy seeds from a neighbour who purchased them from a seed company in Vancouver. Please give me some advice on the best way to handle these seeds, including when, where, and how to plant them. I live in South Edmonton.

A: Ah yes, the allure of the Himalayan blue poppy. Many have been tempted, but few have succeeded in growing this finicky temptress. I too have fallen into the trap, and actually got mine to bloom once, and that was it. Nonetheless, I am here for you and here are some tips as you attempt to grow these difficult plants:

– The seeds have to be fresh. Don’t be disappointed if they don’t germinate well, but freshness is a must.

– Start the seeds indoors in February or March. Use sterilized containers and a sterile potting mix. Scatter the seeds on top of the mix and gently press them in with your finger. The optimum location for these seeds is an area of the house where the temperature drops to 15 degrees Celsius overnight.

– Keep the seeds misted once or twice a day, and keep them under grow lights for 12 hours per day.

– After sprouting, once the seedlings have their first set of true leaves, transplant them into four-inch pots that are filled with the same medium you used for the seeds.

– You can fertilize the seedlings with a solution of 5-10-5.

– When the seedlings are four to six inches tall they are ready for transplanting into the garden. Bed location and preparation are essential for success. These plants prefer a location that is protected from the hot afternoon sun, and preferably a spot that is protected from the winds as well. Prepare the bed by adding well-rotted manure, as these plants are heavy feeders.

– I would also recommend adding some leaf mulch during the winter for increased protection.

– Do not allow these plants to dry out.

– Finally, good luck. It may take your Himalayan blue poppies two years to bloom. If they end up blooming please send me some photos. I love the colour.

Q: Are hybrids anti-bee? Is there good food (nectar, etc.) inside these blooms? In the last few years I’ve allowed the wild faux orchid — I really don’t know it’s proper name, Hawaiian orchid or poor man’s orchid — to flourish in my garden and then must work hard to uproot it before its seeds go crazy. In any case, the bumble bees, honey bees, and wild bees of all sorts feast on these blooms from sunrise to sunset. However, none of these active little visitors pay attention to my abundant petunias, so I’ve concluded the petunias must not offer anything.

With the bee population facing many challenges (pesticide, habitat eradication, mite infestation) one would think we should plant bee-friendly flowers and spend less effort on pointless flowers. The bees need our support and assistance, given that we’ve caused most of their challenges. I would appreciate your insight.

A: I’m not sure I know which plant you are referring to. The only poor man’s orchid I know of is the Schizanthus, or butterfly flower, but it is obviously a native plant that you are talking about and the bees love it. Great work helping to support and sustain our bees. For more information on planting bee-friendly gardens the Honeybee Conservancy has an excellent website.

To answer to your question about the petunias, the information I have about these flowers and bees is that the petunia blooms are not wide enough or strong enough to offer a proper landing pad for the bees. Also, hybrid petunias offer little in the way of nectar or pollen to attract the bees.

Gerald Filipski is a member of the Garden Writers Association of America. E-mail your questions to [email protected] He is the author of Just Ask Jerry. To read previous columns, go to edmontonjournal.com/filipski

Where to plant a Himalayan Blue Poppy

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