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Herbaceous Perennial

Meconopsis quintuplinervia
  • RHS AGM

harebell poppy

M. quintuplinervia is a compact perennial growing to 45cm tall. In spring and early summer, single, nodding, lavender-blue flowers are borne on hairy stems above a dense mat of bristly, mid-green leaves up to 15cm long

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Blue Purple Green
Summer Blue Purple Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full shade
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Papaveraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Meconopsis can be annuals, biennials, evergreen or herbaceous perennials, often monocarpic, with rosettes of hairy leaves and bowl-shaped flowers that may be solitary on a leafless stem, or in racemes or panicles on a leafy stem

Name status

Correct

Plant range
W China

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a soil that is neutral to slightly acid, moist but well-drained and enriched with leaf mould or humus. Prefers a partially shaded site with shelter from cold, dry winds

Propagation

Propagate by division after flowering or propagate by seed sown in autumn but note that germination may be poor

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Rock garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally trouble free but may be attacked by slugs and snails

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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