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An important new book to be published in 2017 by the Alpine Garden Society in collaboration with The Meconopsis Group Flyer

Next meeting at RBGE 22nd October 2016

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A Pictorial Guide to the Big Blue Poppies in cultivation

A Pictorial Guide to the Big Blue Poppies

A Pictorial Guide to the Big Blue Poppies by Evelyn Stevens, co-founder in 1998 of The Meconopsis Group, (price 20 plus post and packing), has just been published, Oct 2015. This well-researched book with 398 carefully chosen colour photographs will appropriately complement the more extensive book for Meconopsis enthusiasts referred to below. For further details please contact Dr. Evelyn Stevens: evelyn@thelinns.org.uk


Meconopsis has been a popular genus with gardeners for more than a century, ever since its introduction into western gardens from the Far East. But in recent years, problems of identification and naming have arisen due to hybridisation amongst the various species growing close together in gardens. The Meconopsis Group was founded in 1998 to try to resolve the confusion. This particularly applied to the popularly styled "Himalayan blue poppies". So the initial remit was to clarify the identities and nomenclature of the many forms of big perennial blue poppies found in cultivation.

In addition to this initial taxonomic work, The Meconopsis Group is interested in promoting and working on all other matters relating to the genus. Important topics include how to grow and propagate Meconopsis.species and hybrids in cultivation and the study of the species in the wild, including their taxonomy, distribution and ecology. These studies, of course, have important conservation implications.

This currently stands at well over 150 with most from the British Isles, but also from Europe and as far away as Canada, Japan and Australia. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Meconopsis. Study meetings are held twice a year at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Naming recommendations made by the identification assessment committee are confirmed by the members at these meetings. All members of the group receive full reports of the meetings which are also made available to them online in the restricted members' area. They may also participate in our annual seed exchange and attend occasional meetings in gardens noted for their Meconopsis.

The Meconopsis Group is affiliated to the Scottish Rock Garden Club and it enjoys the active support of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.


Examples of the beautiful plants found within the genus Meconopsis

M. x cookei ‘Old Rose’

M. grandis ‘Himal Sky’

M. integrifolia

M. ‘Mop-head’

M. baileyi ‘Hensol Violet’

M. punicea

M. tibetica in Tibet

M. ‘Barney's Blue’

M. ‘Marit’

M. ‘P.C. Abildgaard ’

We have prepared a number of fact-sheets on the more readily available cultivars, with one or two cultivars dealt with on each sheet. The sheets are in pdf format for viewing and printing and each comprises colour pictures, together with some background information and guidance on cultivation. We plan to add further fact-sheets as time permits. For a list with download links, please click here.

Accuracy of pictures
For Meconopsis enthusiasts, the various forms of big perennial blue poppies are usually readily enough recognised when seen growing in the garden. But obtaining faithful photographic images is quite difficult. As a result, published pictures are often not very helpful or even misleading. With this in mind, every effort is made in this website to use only pictures which give true portrayals. However, it should be noted that the precise colours are not very stable in many of these flowers. Thus, variation in colour is a significant feature, and is discussed in some detail in a supplementary page Colour range within the Meconopsis genus.

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