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Common Name: Himalayan Poppy
Meconopsis napaulensis is a perennial plant that can grow up to 2.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
E. Asia - Himalayas to China, Nepal and Szechwan.
Open slopes and grazed ground, 3000 - 4500 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[
This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[
A very ornamental plant[
Monocarpic, the plants living for a number of years before flowering but then dying once they flower[
A fine plant for growing in open woodland[
Plants are subject to 'crown rot' when they are growing in damp conditions[
An edible oil is extracted from the seed[
The root is used as a narcotic[
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.