Herb latin name: Meconopsis aculeata

Family: Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)

Medicinal use of Meconopsis aculeata:

The root contains narcotic principles. The entire plant is used in Tibetan medicine, where it is considered to have a bitter taste and a cooling potency. Analgesic and febrifuge, it is used to help heal broken bones, to treat inflammation from fractures and pain in the upper bodily region, especially around the ribs.

Description of the plant:


60 cm
(2 feet)

July to

Habitat of the herb:

Rocky slopes and damp rocks, 3000 - 4000 metres

Edible parts of Meconopsis aculeata:

The plant is said to be edible but no further details are known, not even which part of the plant can be eaten.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in late summer. Spring sown seed is slower to germinate. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.

Cultivation of Meconopsis aculeata:

Rocky slopes and damp rocks, 3000 - 4000 metres

Known hazards of Meconopsis aculeata:

The whole plant, but especially the root, is considered to be poisonous, it contains narcotic principles.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.