Busting the Myth of the Himalayan Blue-poppy
Once considered a myth, blue-poppies (Meconopsis ‘Lingholm’) are alive and thriving today at Longwood Gardens. These spectacular flowers – which are native to the high elevations of the Himalayan Mountains – reside in our Estate Fruit House where temperatures are kept at 50 degrees Fahrenheit or below to make the plants comfortable during their flowering season.
At Longwood, we force the blue-poppies to flower every year in March. This cultivar, 'Lingholm', produces large flowers that are four-inches in diameter on average. The substantial petals are a mesmerizing deep sky blue color. When under stress, the plant may show a mauve tint.
Blue-poppies are infrequently cultivated outside their native habitat. Given the right conditions, however, they can thrive in gardens located in the northern regions of the U.S. and Europe.