The Meconopsis Group

MGS (Research Seed)

Research Seed (MGS#100 series)-this seed is intended only for research and hybridising purposes.

Seed from a form of a species (e.g. Meconopsis baileyi ‘Hensol Violet’) should breed true, within the range of natural variation. However, Big Blue Poppies which are hybrids (e.g. ‘Jimmy Bayne’) tend not to breed true from seed and usually produce inferior plants. True plants of Meconopsis ‘Jimmy Bayne’ can be produced only from vegetative divisions – a slow process, which explains why named clones are expensive. The same applies to named purple clones, such as Meconopsis ‘Keillour Violet’.

Until 2016 the Meconopsis Group seed exchange did not include such seed as there was the possibility that, through human error, these inferior seedlings might get passed on, mis-named as the original clone plant, which could undo years of hard work by the Meconopsis Group. At the same time it was recognised that the seed could be important for selectively breeding a superior plant, which might be of such quality as to merit being a named clone in its own right.

Please contact the seed exchange manager for further details if you have such a research project in mind.

Although MGS#107 and MGS#108 both appeared to be fertile seed from Meconopsis ‘Inverewe’, they differed in seed size and, consequently, have been given different identifier numbers.