U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8b. Sunset climate zone 5

My Blue Poppy Pictures

          While I was recently strolling the gardens of Europe, my first ever Meconopsis was blooming at home. Before posting my last two posts with the pictures of Kew Gardens, I want to show you my blue poppy flowers.
          Five plants were bought last year, and two of them are blooming now.
Meconopsis sheldonii (label says: 'Deep Blue. Good drainage. 3-4 feet tall. Shade. Early summer'):

          The two blooming plants grow in different places. One is located in my so called Terrace garden, a sunny place with approximately six hours of sun. It's surrounded by other tall plants which partially shelter it from bright light and winds.

          The second blooming plant grows in my so called Accidental bed , a more shady area with about 3 hours of afternoon sun.

          Three other plants from the same batch bought last year are not yet blooming.
           Although the label of my blooming poppies says 'Shade', from my small experience of having Meconopsis I can tell that my plants do like some sun. The plant from the sunny Terrace Garden is taller, bushier and has bigger flowers than the plant from the half-shady Accidental bed.
          Beside Meconopsis sheldonii, I have two other plants, Meconopsis betonicifolia, which were planted earlier, three years ago, and still don't bloom. They spent two years in a shady place and had stunted growth there. After that, I moved them to a spot with several hours of morning sun. They look better now, and are bigger and healthier, but I still wait for them to bloom.

 After reading and hearing about Meconopsis flowers' beauty, I am excited to see them in my own garden. They truly have an exceptionally beautiful blue color and, to my delight, they have already bloomed for more than three weeks.
The following information' source:

Meconopsis × sheldonii

Blue Himalayan Poppy

USDA Zone: 3-9

Blue Himalayan Poppies are one of the most impressive plants for the shade garden. This forms a rosette of hairy leaves, bearing large satiny flowers in an amazing range of shades from true blue to violet purple. Not always easy to please, demanding an evenly moist, rich soil and cool woodland conditions. Plants are not always long lived, typically flowering in the second or third year, setting seed, then dying out. Gardeners in hot and humid summer climates seldom succeed with these plants, yet they are surprisingly tolerant of cold winter conditions.

Further details for
Meconopsis × sheldonii

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade
Soil Type
Soil pH
  Neutral or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
  Deep Blue
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
Foliage Color
  Light Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Rabbit Resistant
Flower Head Size
   80-100 cm
   31-39 inches
   30-45 cm
   12-18 inches
Foot Traffic

Growth Rate


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  1. These are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I love blues in the garden.


    1. Thanks, Lorraine! I also love all shades of blue in the garden.

  2. Meconopsis blooms are sublime!

  3. So jealous! We have those hot and humid summers, and while I really would not want it any other way, it means I never get to see Meconopsis blooms in real life, except perhaps while traveling.

    1. College Gardener, I don't know how long it'll survive in my garden. A couple of plants didn't make it through the last winter.

  4. There is no blue quite like that one; it' magic! Thanks for sharing your success in growing them! So beautiful!

    1. outlawgardener, I remember seeing blue poppies in Alaska. If they grow there, I think they should like PNW!

  5. Hi,
    You've done well with the blue poppies. I think sun is a lot less important than soil quality and damp, and I wouldn't look to lack of sunshine as a cause of failure to thrive. It's vital to have moisture-retention, and I commend plenty of peat and leafmould. The occasional foliar feed helps too. You also need to check now and again that the soil you grow them in has not become too compacted - they like a loose mix round their roots.

    1. kininvie, that is a very good tip! The two locations do have different soil. I'm glad I didn't put all of them in one place. Thank you VERY much! I will follow your advice!

  6. What a stunning photos of your Meconopsis and they grow well in your garden. I think too they are of the most beautiful blue there is in plantworld, but your blue Lupins look nice with them. I had Meconopsis in my garden and I even had Meconopsis betonicifolia from seed, but over the years they disappeared and I never tried again. We have been to England last two weeks and I saw you have been there too. Kew Gardens, so beautiful, I visited Kew ten years ago.

    1. Janneke, you grew it from seed? Wow! That's great! Kew Gradens were beautiful even in May, cool and wet.

  7. That is an unreal blue!I have read about the elusive blue poppy - how great that you are able to grow it in your garden. The more I see your photos, the more I think I need to move to the Pacific Northwest. Not that my garden would look like yours even then!

    1. Sarah, come over! We need good gardeners here!

  8. I love your blue poppies, Tatyana! I had one, but it didn't survive. It was too cold in winter.

  9. I have always admired this plant for its striking color....

  10. Congratulations on achieving one of the Holy Grails of gardening.

  11. AnonymousJune 03, 2013

    There is no plant I'd more love to grow, Tatyana... but it is quite useless to even think of it in my climate! Thank you for sharing! Jack

  12. Tatyana they are so gorgeous! I love the blue poppies. I tried seeds once but nothing. LOL!
    I have the worst luck getting poppy seeds to germinate for me.

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