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Meconopsis punicea ‘Sichuan Silk’

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Flowers

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  • Botanical name: Meconopsis punicea 'Sichuan Silk'
  • Family: Papaveraceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Flower colour:

Red

Foliage colour:

Green

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.

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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.

How to grow Meconopsis 'Sichuan Silk'

  • Plant size

    45cm height

    25cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do Divide in September

Do Divide in October

Do Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Meconopsis 'Sichuan Silk' and wildlife

Meconopsis 'Sichuan Silk' is known for attracting bees. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Meconopsis 'Sichuan Silk' poisonous?

Meconopsis 'Sichuan Silk' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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