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Meconopsis aculeata is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
The whole plant, but especially the root, is considered to be poisonous, it contains narcotic principles[
E. Asia - W. Himalayas from Pakistan to Uttar Pradesh.
Rocky slopes and damp rocks, 3000 - 4000 metres[
Grows best in a woodland soil in partial shade[
]. The soil should be lime-free, moist, well-drained and moderately rich[
]. Dislikes full sun and windy positions[
Monocarpic, the plants living for a number of years before flowering but then dying once they flower[
The plant is said to be edible[
] but no further details are known, not even which part of the plant can be eaten.
The root contains narcotic principles[
The entire plant is used in Tibetan medicine, where it is considered to have a bitter taste and a cooling potency[
]. 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[
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in late summer. Spring sown seed is slower to germinate[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.