The Meconopsis Group

Donating seed

Seed Exchange Manager

Ian Scott, 6 Hays Road, The Gauldry, Fife, DD6 8SJ, UK

e-mail:   Click here to send an email to the Seed Exchange manager.


The seed exchange has been running for well over 20 years and most members have reported excellent results from the seed that has been distributed.  Even so, it is essential to ensure that these high standards are maintained.  In cases where the identity of a plant is in doubt, the donor is requested to supply photographs or background information.

Priority in seed allocation is given to donors and a reminder is sent out in mid July for members to collect seed in order to make seed donations.

Cleaned, dry seed should be sent (2nd class LARGE in the UK) by 22nd October to the Seed Exchange Manager at the address given above.

Seed can be accepted after this date if a list of promised seed is sent by e-mail prior to the deadline.

Some hybrids (e.g. Meconopsis × cookei) are sterile and only produce small abortive seeds. Other hybrids (e.g. Meconopsis × beamishii) produce fertile seeds, which will germinate to produce plants  that are similar to the parents, within the range of normal characteristics.  In cases of doubt the seed exchange manager can give advice.

The F1 seed from named clones (e.g. M. ‘Jimmy Bayne’, M. ‘Barney’s Blue’ etc.) will be accepted by the seed exchange and listed with a MGS# number as ‘Research Seed’. This seed is intended for research and hybridising purposes only. Seed of 2nd and 3rd generation (e.g. M. ex ‘Jim’s Ex’) should be sent to alternative seed exchanges.

seed pods- Mid July collect seed

Mid July

Reminder to collect seed.

Meconopsis 'Lingholm' seed pods

July – September

Collect and clean seed.

Meconopsis yaoshanensis seeds

Early October

Packet and label clean, dry seed.

By 22nd October

Submit donation.

Companion plants

The Meconopsis Group seed exchange will also accept seed of choicecompanion plants’ to augment the main Meconopsis seed list. These are plants that would grow in similar conditions to Meconopsis.

For example:

Cardiocrinum giganteum

Primula bhutanica

Wild-collected seed

The reputation of the Meconopsis Group is at risk if we offer seed that has been collected illegally, or that does not have permission for distribution. This could do harm to future attempts by people who want to collect legitimately. The Meconopsis Group is not able to check every seed submission, so please do not submit seed that would put our reputation at risk. Please also retain documentation giving any relevant permission for as long as possible.

Genetic material collected from the wild since October 12th 2014 is covered by the Nagoya Protocol, which is legally binding in the EU, including the UK. For material from signatory countries, unless there is written consent from the country of origin, ‘utilization’ is not permitted. This includes development of new named cultivars and hybrids as well as production of new drugs and other products. Cultivation, privately or commercially, is permitted. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, you should not assume that seeds in this list have consent for utilization as described above.