Meconopsis aculeata Royle, Ill. Bot. Himal. Mts. 1: 67, pl. 15 67 1834. (syn: Meconopsis bikramii B.S.Aswal; Meconopsis guilelmi-waldemarii Klotzsch; Papaver guilelmi-waldemarii (Klotzsch & Garcke) Christenh. & Byng);
Jammu & Kashmir (Zanskar, Kashmir), India (Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh), Pakistan (Hazara), SW-Tibet as per Catalogue of Life;
Blue Poppy • Hindi: Vanita वनीता, Kanta कान्ता • Urdu: Gul-e Nilam गुले नीलम;

Meconopsis aculeata Royle, Ill. Bot. Himal. Mts. 1: 67. 1834.
Family: Papaveraceae
Location: Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh

Nice shot of the BLUE POPPY


at gangotri – indiantreepix | Google Groups : 1 correct image as above.
flowers in gadhwal, near gangotri.

fourth flower is Meconopsis aculeata

Location- On the way… from Kookar Nag to Sinthan Pass, Jammu & Kashmir.
Date- 08th August 2009.


This one is Meconopsis aculeata Royle, beauty of the alpine region


BLUE from Uttarakhand(UK)INDIA Greetings on Ramzan Id & Shri Ganesh Festival – efloraofindia | Google Groups : 1 image.
It was pleasant find on the trail from Ghangaria to Shri Hemkund Sahib, 23rd August,2010.
It was difficult to manage with camera because of bad visibility, due to Fog & moisture in the climate
Would appreciate the comments, if any

Thanks, …, I hope you had a wonderful trip to the valley of flowers.
Mine was really good with wonderful capture of around 150 species of flowers, 60 species of birds, around 25 species of fungi, around 25 species of butterflies etc. alongwith wonderful landscapes.
I have to manage a lot of pictures with the help of an umbrella & Raincoat.
But unable to process & post due to paucity of time.
Pl. post your pictures from there if you find time.

Nice experience and in my trip to VoF and Hemkunt I got many orchids, including 3 species of Cypripedium and many others. I was allowed to
go on the other side of the hemkund lake and found some interesting plants on that side too.
Its a great place for botanical exploration.


Meconopsis aculeata (Himalayan Blue Poppy):
Wild Herb captured on 13/8/10 during the trek from Ghangaria (around 11,000 ft.) to Hemkunt Sahib (around 14000 ft.).

– This picture is from Cambridge botanical gardens June 2008.


VoF Week :Papavaraceae – Meconopsis aculeata from Shri Hemkund Saheb:
very good capture of contrasting colours in this Poppy family member.


VOF Week: Meconopsis aculeata at VOF & Hemkund Sahib:
Meconopsis aculeata (Family: Papaveraceae) at VOF & Hemkund Sahib.
Date: 08-08-2012 & 09-08-2012.

There seems a buffet arranged for us in the last photo. it speaks a lot about Valley’s generosity.

Absolutely right. So many flowers, i think i would have missed reasonably good nos. So few more visits to VOF in coming years is must…

Meconopsis aculeata Royle … (family: Papaveraceae)
2 AUG 12
Valley of Flowersabout 11000 – 12000 ft

VOF Week: Himalayan Blue Poppy:  This beautiful himalayan plant which takes much efforts before this can be seen in nature…looks very nice…Meconopsis aculeataPapaveraceae shot from way to Valley of Flowers and from near Hemkunt Sahib…



VoF Week: Meconopsis aculeata from VoF and way to Hemkund sahib:
Meconopsis aculeata from VoF and way to Hemkund sahib
quite common in area


VOF Week 290812_DS_06:
This is the famous Blue Poppy – a specific one in my wish list.
Seen only once on thw way to VOF, but plenty on the Hemkund Sahib route.

Yes Meconopsis aculeata


Are these variants of Blue Poppy?:

I return with some more identification requests. I thought these may be variants of blue poppy, but I’m not sure. The information I have on these is below:
Date/Time- 10th Oct 2011
Location- Himachal Pradesh, Hampta River valley, Kullu
Habitat- Wild. the terrain they were growing in was largely rocky, with some grass and shrub

Yes …

Thank you very much for confirming. I came across these on a trek and wondered if so. but the local guide could not confirm it for me. thank you again, I have some more ID requests which I will post over the next few days.

I hope Meconopsis horridula

Forwarding again for Id confirmation or otherwise please in view of discussions in another thread. 

Key in “Flowers of the Himalaya” goes thus –
Flowers yellow (see also 97)
94. M. paniculata Prain
FLowers blue, purple red, or rarely white
a) leaves all basal (see also 101, 103)
   97, M. discigera Prain
b) leaves borne on flowering stem as well as basal (see also 97)
     i) plants with large overwintering rosettes
          100. M. napaulensis DC.
    ii) plants without large overwintering rosettes
        x) leaves entire, or margin toothed or shallowly lobed
              101. M. horridula Hook. f. & Thoms.
       xx) leaves deeply lobed
              106. M. aculeata Royle
I think this species is M. aculeata Royle, as in –
  1. meconopsisworld

Meconopsis aculeata from Uttarakhand: Sep. 2014_DSR_6 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).
Meconopsis aculeata Royle (Papaveraceae) at the end of flowering; photographed above Vedni Bugyal, Uttarakhand.

Thanks … I think to take fresh flower pics mid July to early August is best time..



Meconopsis Sp. for ID…en-route Dhel Pass- GHNP- PKA35 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).

This was the only Meconopsis plant i had seen during this GHNP trek. Probably end of season..
Bot. name: Meconopsis sp??
Family: Papaveraceae
Habitat: Wild, on the rocky soil
plant habit: Herb
date/time:  28-09-2014 / 01:25PM
Location: en-route Dhel pass at altitude of approx 3900m.

Should be M.aculeata if we believe in ‘Flora of Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh” by S.K.Singh and G.S.Rawat, which mentions only one species (M.aculeata) from park.


Poppy? ABSEP2016/24 : 5 posts by 3 authors. 4 images.

I found this withering plant on my Ilaqa trek and decided to photograph the flowers, leaves and the spiny seedpods to attempt an ID. It looks like a poppy but I may be completely off the mark. There is also this possibility that the flowers have faded from its original colour, though it is unlikely becuase all three flowers were evenly white. Please advise.
Above Triund, HP 3100m 03-04 September 2016

I think so.

Thank you … Can we hazard a guess about the species with this evidence?

Meconopsis aculeata (Papaveraceae) I hope.


Fwd: Meconopsis aculeata in H.P. : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)

I attach an image taken as a slide on the Rohtang Pass back in 1989 which shows good detail of the stamens and stigma.  Shall post habit and habitat shots of this another time – grew on a mossy boulder.
I have quite a number of images of the ‘West Himalayan Blue-Poppy’ from Kashmir, Ladakh and H.P. incl. a good set from the Sach Pass, which I plan to post at some point.
I am surprised at the confusion with M.horridula, as this species has not been recorded NW of Nepal.


Meconopsis aculeata? ABJUL2017/07 : 8 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)

Last year I had posted withered flowers of the same plant from the same location (I am starting a new thread for clarity) and now I have the fresh flower. … had suggested M. aculeata and I agree with his ID. I am wondering if the plant bears white flowers (there is a slight blue hue in the whites) too and whether it could be another similar plant. Please advise.

Meconopsis aculeata?
Above Triund, Dharamshala, HP
3100m approx.
03-04 July 2017

Beautiful pics of Himalayan Blue Poppy. Habitat of this species is well illustrated in first image. I this it is M. aculeata only. Colour of flowers is truly reflected here and dark blue is never seen by me in Uttarakhand.

Thank you very much … for your kind words and for confirming the ID.

Wonderful pics … you are very well exhibiting all the treasure hidden in your area…nice documentation…!!

Thank you … I am posting more photos today from my yesterday’s/today’s walk in the mountains.

Forwarding again for validation please as Meconopsis aculeata

Looks matching!

I could find the similar white coloured form at Semantic Scholar

Thank you … Now I know that the colour varies from pale blue to bright blue to pink. I will share pictures of a pink flower I photographed last year soon.

Thanks, …, Will be waiting for pink ones.


Here we go. The photo was taken in late August last year at about 3500m



I walked up yesterday to Ilaqa (3300m) to look for bluer blue poppies and was rewarded with these. The light was low after a heavy shower and I could only manage a few photos.

Ilaqa and above,
10 July 2017
Attachments (5)

Thanks, …  These brought memories of my trip to VOF and Hemkund Sahib, where I clicked these. Whether was exactly same.

Did you find different coloured flowers in the same population or in different populations?
I was wondering if it is due to the soil conditions (i.e. are the colour changes a plastic variation or genetic variation).


Saw these beautiful flowers near Hemkund, Uttarakhand in Aug 2018.
Had these alongwith two more species on my wish list, however, could satisfy myself with only 2, could not get the 3rd one.


24072021- PM01-Meconopsis aculeata (Papaveraceae) from Pangi Valley HP: 5 images.

presenting a few images of threatened Meconopsis aculeata, clicked during my recent visit to pangi valley. It has sparse distribution restricted to some remote subvalleys in pangi found growing near water streams, and under rock boulders. I was fortunate enough to locate a few individuals at subalpine-alpine grasslands of Sural and Hudal bhatori, Killar-Kishtwar highway (mainly near streams and grassy meadows). 
Altitude- 2800-3400m asl
July 2021


Plant ID confirmation from Uttarkashi: 1 image.

Request for plant ID confirmation
Meconopsis aculeata?
Date: 20 August 2023
Location: Dayara range, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand
Altitude: 3840 meters asl
Plant habit/habitat: Wild herb

Mecanopsis aculeata.


Catalogue of Life  POWO (Papaver guilelmi-waldemarii)

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