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Welsh Poppy

Papaver cambricum

Meconopsis cambrica by Brian Ballard (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Some yellow Meconopsis cambrica flowers in a garden
Some yellow Meconopsis cambrica flowers in a garden
Some yellow Meconopsis cambrica flowers in a garden
A photo of Welsh Poppy
A photo of Welsh Poppy

Welsh Poppy Overview

Papaver cambricum is the true name for the plant species known commonly by the name Welsh poppy. Historically it was named Papaver cambrica, cambria is a Latin word that translates to Wales and this heritage is still represented in its name now with the species epithet cambricum. There was some confusion as this plant was named again as a new species, Meconopsis cambrica in 1814, it was thought to be related to a blue-flowering plant known as the blue Himalayan poppy in the genus Meconopsis. However recent scientific study using DNA evidence has revealed this short-lived perennial plant resides in the genus Papaver and it has been officially named as Papaver cambricum. Flowers are bright yellow to orange in colour measure approximately 5cm in diameter and appear from the late spring through to early autumn. These measure approximately 5cm in diameter. Foliage is pinnately divided and fern-like in appearance. Recommended for growing in containers, especially if growing from seed, this tap-rooted plant doesn't like root disturbance and is best not transplanted. Grows best in well-draining soil, can cope with full sunshine or partially shaded conditions, making this a great choice for brightening up garden corners. Prone to escaping from gardens, this species easily spreads across areas, self-seeding readily. Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering and encourage an attractively branched habit.

Common problems with Welsh Poppy

How to propagate Welsh Poppy



Propagate by seed when fresh,(all but M.sheldonnii hybrid), in late summer; M.cambrica, M.grandis, M.quintuplinervia, M.sheldonii hybrid and their cultivators may also be propagated by division after flowering.

Special features of Welsh Poppy

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Ground cover

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Welsh Poppy

Walls, rock garden, shade, border, wildflower/meadow

Flowers to Sow Outside in October

Direct sow these during October where you want them to flower next year!

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