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.