Blue Poppy is also called as Queen of Himalayan Flowers. Blue poppy is found in abundance near Hemkund Sahib from mid July to August end. You can spot it in the Valley of Flowers also but it is mainly found at Hemkund Sahib only.
Genus of Blue Poppy is MECONOPSIS Vig. World 40 species; India 20 species. The term is derived from Greek word Mecon meaning Poppy. Blue Poppy is also called MECONOPSIS ACULEATA, Aculeata means bearing a pickle, referring a prickly nature of the plant. Whole plant contains narcotic constituents; roots are considered to be poisonous. Its status is Endangered
It grows in moist grounds, rocky crevices and among rocky slopes on high mountains at 3000-4000 m.
It has anti-inflammatory and sedative actions.
Bitter taste and cooling nature.
It helps to treat fever in the bones, ribs and upper back pains, heal wounds and fractured bones, strengthens the bones. Also, it relieves pain in the chest upper back.