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Meconopsis cambrica

Welsh poppy

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

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Plant details

The Welsh poppy is happy almost anywhere, and spreads freely in many gardens. Plants are short and bushy, with elegant graceful foliage and lots of large, flimsy golden poppy flowers produced in succession from late spring to early autumn. Plants are not very long-lived but usually self-seed freely. Like all poppies, they dislike root disturbance, so plant pot-grown specimens and allow their seedlings to come up wherever they germinate naturally. These seedlings are then much more resilient than the pot-grown plants.

Family: Papaveraceae

Genus: Meconopsis

Species: cambrica

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

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