Position

Sun exposure:
Dappled shade, full shade
Aspect:
East facing, north facing
Position in border:
Front

Soil

Acidic / Clay / Heavy / Moist / Well Drained / Light / Sandy

Meconopsis is a genus of plants in the poppy family, the most common of which grown in Britain are the Welsh poppy, Meconopsis cambrica, and the Himalayan blue poppy, Meconopsis betonicifolia. The flowers are a similar shape and structure to true poppies, but they can identified as meconopsis by their seedheads. Rather than 'pepper pot' seedheads typical of true poppies, meconopsis seedheads are thin and long.

Meconopsis punicea is a beautiful red-flowered species, bearing several long stems on which one long-petalled flower emerges from a hairy bud. Flowers are produced over a long period, a few at a time. Typically the plants are monocarpic, meaning they die after flowering, but 'Sichuan Silk' is truly perennial. Plants are hardy and grow in clumps, making this a perfect choice for a shady border or long-term container display. For best results, grow in moist but well drained, neutral to acidic soil, in a partially shaded spot.

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Meconopsis ‘Sichuan silk’ and wildlife

Meconopsis ‘Sichuan silk’ is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Is known to attract Bees
Bees
Is not known to attract Beneficial insects
Beneficial insects
Is not known to attract Birds
Birds
Is not known to attract Butterflies/​Moths
Butterflies/​Moths
Is not known to attract Other pollinators
Other pollinators

Is Meconopsis ‘Sichuan silk’ poisonous?

Meconopsis ‘Sichuan silk’ has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:
Is not known to attract Birds
Birds
Is not known to attract Cats
Cats
Is not known to attract Dogs
Dogs
Is not known to attract Horses
Horses
Is not known to attract Livestock
Livestock
Is not known to attract People
People
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