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More proof of spring: Blue poppies bloom at Longwood

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

longwoodbluepoppy Photo by Eileen Tercha.xx

Longwood’s blue-poppies will only flower through the first week in April. Photo by Eileen Tercha.

The blue-poppies are blooming at Longwood Gardens, one of the many hallmarks of spring in the Mid-Atlantic.

The sky-blue flowers, which are native to the high elevations of the Himalayan Mountains, are forced into bloom by Longwood horticulturists for the annual display.

The flowers are rarely cultivated outside their native habitat.

The cultivar, Meconopsis ‘Lingholm,’ produces large flowers that average four inches in diameter. They will begin to fade just as daffodils, tulips and flowering trees begin to color the outdoor landscape at Longwood, which is in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

The display is included in the gardens’ ticket prices. For timed tickets and reservations, go to longwoodgardens.org.

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