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Meconopsis baileyi and M. betonicifolia - Blue Poppy
Posted by Suttons Staff on 21 February 2014 10:42 am

There has been much scientific debate about the classification of Mecanopsis species over many decades, and this debate still continues amongst botanists and taxonomists today.


The plant grows naturally over a wide area of Tibet and South West China. The first description of the plant by a Western botanist was from a plant discovered in the Yunnan province of South West China and there were subsequent discoveries and descriptions of similar plants found in Tibet.


The debate centres around whether these are distinct species or variations of the same plant. The plant also has many cultivated varieties each with its own commercial name.


Suttons is a non-political organisation which exists to supply high quality plants and services to its customers. We strive to describe and illustrate plants accurately and provide accurate and useful information to our customers. The description or names of plants in any of our marketing materials clearly carries with it no intention to convey any particular political message. The variety we have been supplying carries the name ‘China Blue’ and was named after the blue colour in porcelain and had nothing to do with its country of origin. We are therefore accurately representing this particular variety within our catalogues and website.


The beautiful Mecanopsis is, unsurprisingly, a very popular plant amongst our customers and we are already in the late stages of producing our next perennial catalogue in which we are introducing a different variety of Mecanopsis, the Mecanopsis Lingholm rather than the ‘China Blue variety.


This variety will therefore be taking the place of the ‘China Blue’ in our next catalogue and on our website.


For more information on the Meconopsis baileyi and M. betonicifolia - reclassification lease see the website and more specifically



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