Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Meconopsis (from the Greek mekon, poppy, and opsis, appearance) is a genus of about 50 species of annuals, biennials and short-lived perennials. Meconopsis is unusual in that between the different species all three primary colors (true red, blue, yellow) are represented in the flowers. Grown all over the world, yellow and orange poppies are native to western Europe, the blue varieties to the Himalayan ranges of Nepal, Tibet, India, Bhutan.
Three stunning photos of blue poppies are
here and here and here
Unlike Afghanistan poppies, Meconopsis do not produce opium. Its seeds are used in foods and also have medicinal properties, here. They are especially delicious in breads and other baked goods. You can order edible blue poppy seeds here.
Tips on growing blue poppies are here and here.
"Try to imagine the view of 6000 Meconopsis plants blooming in a field in the middle of Sweden," here
If you enjoy, as I do, well-written books about other places, other cultures and other times, stories that wrap around you and keep you reading to the last page, a recommendation is Blue Poppies, by Jonathan Falla. Another book that I haven't read but will soon is In The Land Of The Blue Poppies, by Frank Kingdon Ward.

In these dark times, a reminder of beauties in the world.