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Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Welsh Poppy

A Tale of Two Poppies
The Welsh Poppy (Meconopsis cambrica) is another popular garden plant but it is unlike the challenging Himalayan Blue Poppy of the previous posting.  While both belong to the same genus, Meconopsis, the Welsh Poppy is much easier to grow.  It is an easy to please sun lover that produces an abundance of bright yellow flowers over a long period.  There are also orange and red selections.

The Welsh Poppy adapts to many garden conditions, is generally pest free and fairly drought tolerant.   It does have a tendency to self sow which some gardeners enjoy while others find to be an unwelcome trait.  We are members of the former group and don't mind performing an early season seedling editing in order to enjoy this cheerful garden addition.

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