Meconopsis baileyi var. alba



Habitat: cool, part shade, not too dry


Soil: rich, with lots of humus


Height: 1 m


Flowering: early summer


Width: 50 cm

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The famous blue poppies include three species, some hybrids, and not all blue! The plants we offer should all be perennial (so long as they are not allowed to flower in their first year), slowly increasing to form clumps. From the winter buds at ground level emerge hairy leaves, longer and more pointed in Meconopsis grandis than in M. betonicifolia. The tall stems, each carrying many large poppy flowers, grow rapidly, to start blooming usually in early June, with the show lasting well over a month.

Meconopsis baileyi var. alba is a white-flowered strain, which we have had for many years, reliably perennial.
2 litre pot £9.00

Meconopsis baileyi and other blue poppies - some other suggestions
meconopsis_ascreavie_es.jpg Meconopsis 'Ascreavie' is a member of the George Sherriff Group of blue Meconopsis and was named after the house to which he retired after many years in political service. It is a perennial blue-flowered poppy with distinctive propeller-shaped petals.
meconopsis_betonicifolia.jpg Meconopsis baileyi is a good blue form, and includes offspring from plants raised from seed collected on the Doshong La in Tibet a few years ago.
meconopsis_betonicifolia_hensol_violet.jpg Meconopsis baileyi 'Hensol Violet' is a strain with violet flowers.
meconopsis_barneys_blue.jpg Meconopsis 'Barney's Blue' is a member of the group George Sherriff Group of blue Meconopsis, to which the famed GS600 belonged. Despite its name, the flowers are not always blue, usually rich purple in bud, with the purple colour rapidly fading to reveal the lovely blue after opening. It is very vigorous and strong, so each plant soon produces a clump of shoots and flowering stems.
meconopsis_bobby_masterton_es.jpg Meconopsis 'Bobby Masterton' is a rarely offered clone with attractive foliage in spring and intense, sky blue flowers that are very similar in appearance to 'Slieve Donard'. Such is the similarity of their flowers that they are best told apart by looking at their leaves as Meconopsis 'Bobby Masterton' mature leaves have a toothed margin, and young leaves have a red-purple pigmentation.
meconopsis_crarae.jpg Meconopsis 'Crarae' is distinctive, with its large, almost globular flowers, silky, and soft blue, perhaps with a hint of mauve. It is a robust plant, with large, strappy leaves, held upright. Details of the origin of this clone are not known, but it was grown in quantity at Crarae Garden in Argyll, hence its name.
invisible.gif Meconopsis 'Crewdson Hybrid' is a hybrid, probably of Meconopsis grandis and baileyi, produced by Cicely Crewdson in 1939. Has pure deep blue, frilly, open cup-shaped flowers. It flowers in the middle of the blue Meconopsis season.
invisible.gif Meconopsis grandis 'Ballyrogan' is particularly good form of one of the two main blue-flowered species. It is vigorous, perennial, has particularly good blue flowers. Although it sets seed, this name should only be applied to plants grown from divisions of the parent plant.
meconopsis_huntfield7.jpg Meconopsis 'Huntfield' is an excellent variety in the George Sherriff group, flowering just a little later than most of the blue poppies, and with a hint of purple shading the rich blue flowers. It was a major feature of our display at Chelsea in 2011, and was keenly sought after by those who saw it.
invisible.gif Meconopsis 'Jim's Ex' comes from 'Jimmy Bayne', which is included in the Infertile Blue Group, even though it produces some seeds. The offspring are fertile, so they should belong in the Fertile Blue Group! But regardless of the genetics, they are first-rate plants, quite like 'Lingholm', with rich blue flowers, four or five on each stem, facing outwards but hanging slightly down. The foliage is like that of 'Lingholm', with brownish hairs prominent as the leaves emerge.
meconopsis_keillour.jpg Meconopsis 'Keillour Violet' represents plants raised from seed collected from Meconopsis 'Keillour', which is a member of the group of blue Meconopsis that claimed to be the famed GS600. 'Keillour' produces a few fertile seeds, and plants raised from these are very similar to 'Keillour', but they have violet flowers. Stuart Pawley, who has studied them, has named to offspring 'Keillour Violet'. Like their parents they are very vigorous, and each crown soon becomes a great clump, and with the large flowers they make an impact in the garden.
meconopsis_lingholm2.jpg Meconopsis 'Lingholm' (Fertile Blue Group) is one of the strains of blue-flowered hybrids with fertile seed and producing perennial plants. Most cultivated plants called Meconopsis grandis (except those recently introduced from Sikkim) and Meconopsis x sheldonii should now go under this name. It has distinctive rusty brown hairs on the stems and new leaves, and the seed pods are long and narrow, like those of Meconopsis grandis, and unlike the fat ones of Meconopsis betonicifolia.
meconopsis_marit_es.jpg Meconopsis 'Marit' is a splendid white-flowered hybrid, originally grown from seed from Meconopsis x sarsonsii, which had probably been by pollinated by M. 'Lingholm'. So that gives M. integrifolia, M. grandis and M. baileyi (twice) as its grandparents. It was raised around 1980 by Marit Espejord in Tromsų in Norway, and is generally regarded as the finest white-flowered variety.
invisible.gif Meconopsis 'Mervyn Kessell' is a vigorous variety, one of the latest ones to flower, with lovely clear blue flowers, not as deep blue as some others. Leaves are lance-shaped, and when young they are covered with brown bristles. It does not set seed, so all plants are produced by division. Comes from Branklyn Garden, and may well have arisen from seed collected by George Sherriff.
meconopsis_mop_head_es.jpg Meconopsis 'Mop-head' is one of the earliest to flower, with huge, rich blue flowers, somewhat darker blue than most varieties. It is placed in the Fertile Blue Group, but the very large seed capsules have only a few viable seeds.
meconopsis_p_c_abildgaard_es.jpg Meconopsis 'P. C. Abildgaard' is a strongly-growing variety in the Infertile Blue Group, similar in many ways to M. 'Slieve Donard' and M. 'Bobby Masterton'. They all are pure sky blue, with four broad petals, but slightly narrower in this cultivar.
meconopsis_slieve_donard.jpg Meconopsis 'Slieve Donard' is probably the finest blue poppy, as recognised by the award of a First Class Certificate. A good perennial (and producing no seed, so always propagated by division), it sends up stems with large, intense sky blue flowers. It is vigorous, and a single plant can soon produce a large clump, if it is well fed.
meconopsis_stewart_annand_es.jpg Meconopsis 'Stewart Annand' is a vigorous variety, one of the later ones to flower, with lovely clear blue flowers, not as deep blue as some others. Leaves are lance-shaped, and when young they are covered with brown bristles. It does not set seed, so all plants are produced by division.