The Himalayan Blue Poppy is a bit of a perennial diva. Spotted in the wild, it turns heads and catches reverent attention, but it is also notoriously fickle, requiring careful cultivation and often refusing to flourish in most climates below 10 000 feet. Together with the other colorful species of the Meconopsis genus, they are some of the most distinctive and most sought-after members of the poppy family.
The Genus Meconopsis is the first major revision of the genus since 1934 and the only monograph on the genus in existence. This fully revised text incorporates the discovery of nearly thirty new species with decades of new scholarship. The Genus Meconopsis is extensively illustrated with striking color photographs and botanical paintings. Species descriptions that include habitat and variation within the genus, as well as detailed distribution maps, make this ideal for botanists, horticulturalists, and gardeners alike.
Christopher Grey-Wilson was a botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for 22 years. He has edited Curtis's Botanical Magazine and The Plantsman in the past, and today The Alpine Gardener. He is the author of numerous books including Guide to the Flowers of Western China and The Rock Garden Plant Primer, and has been awarded five gold medals by the Royal Horticultural Society. In 2007 he was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's highest accolade, a Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH).