Simply the best blue poppy there is. Meconopsis Lingholm forms a clump of rather hairy elliptical leaves, above which, from late spring into early summer, appear large electric blue flowers held on erect stems. Once seen, never forgotten, as they say. Best in partial shade. Moist but well drained neutral or acid soil. 24 to 36 in. 1 litre pot.
Meconopsis Lingholm is a fertile hybrid that comes true from from seed: it was discovered in 1996 at Lingholm Gardens near Keswick in the Lake District as a cross between Meconopsis betonicifolia (Tibetan blue poppy) and Meconopsis grandis (Himalayan blue poppy). As these species are the Tibetan blue poppy and the Himalayan blue poppy respectively, you get some idea of where they are native to, which essentially is mountain meadows, slopes and woodlands in the Himalayas and western China. The RHS list this cultivar as Meconopsis (Fertile Blue Group) Lingholm, probably in view of the fact there is an inevitable variability in a seed-produced strain.
Meconopsis are not the longest lived of perennials, but while they endure, they are so worth it.
They say you need to live in Scotland (cool moist summers, we suppose) to be able to grow meconopsis successfully, but we find that by making sure they are well drained but not dry and giving them a degree of shade from the noonday sun, they do fine even down here in the most southerly part of England.
The video below showcases a Meconopsis LIngholm in bloom, with some nice tinkling water sounds in the background.
Meconopsis Lingholm is a hardy perennial with hairy blue green leaves and electric blue flowers in late spring into summer suitable for partial shade.
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