Blue Poppies

cclaude

Swarthmore, United States

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Blue poppies at Longwood Gardens (USA)

Nikon D5200, 18-55 mm lens

The Himalayan blue poppy, Meconopsis ‘Lingholm’ is a member of the Papaveraceae or Poppy family. It is native to the western Himalayan mountains, inclusive to Upper Burma, Tibet, and the Yunnan provinces of China.

Meconopsis grows best in moist, well-drained, semi-woodland areas with acidic soils. They prefer cool and damp summers, like Scotland and the Himalayans. Here in the United States, the only places they can be grown successfully are in Alaska, coastal Washington and Oregon. They will die if temperatures are over 80F for a long period and actually prefer temperatures in the 50F-60F range. In climates where the winters are cold, they need the protection of snow to keep the crowns from freezing. In their native mountains, there is snow on the ground from October to April.

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