Fritillaria Meleagris Bulb "Snake's-head fritillaria ,Guinea-hen flower ,
Fritillaria meleagris - ("Snake's-head fritillaria/Guinea-hen flower/Checkered lily") Checkered lilymixture white, purple, red and speckled forms.
Create a flower-meadow effect in the springtime with these low-growing Fritillarias in a mixture of colours including white, purple, red and speckled forms. This variety is particularly hardy and can remain in the ground during dormancy. Height 8-10 Inches. Bulb size: 6/+ cm.
F. meleagris bears little resemblance to F. imperialis. Bulbs and foliage are odorless. These fritillarias are usually sold as mixed colors; shades of purple and white. Ocassionally you may find the lovely white variety 'Alba' available for sale. The species is native to Europe where bulbs usually grow in very moist locations. Add upgraded black peat to improve your soil for better conditions and don't disturb the plants for best results. Create an ideal situation by introducing sphagnum peat between the plants to allow seeds to germinate.
What You Need To Know Before You Plant:
When Will This Flower Bloom?
When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?
What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?
Full or partial shade
What Color Will the Flower Be?
Mixed shades of dark purple and white
How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?
3 in/8 cm
How Deep Should I Dig?
4 in/10 cm
How Tall Will It Grow?
14-16 in/35-40 cm
Recommended Number of Bulbs Per Square Foot?
Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?
How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?
In borders, rock gardens, lawns, under trees and shrubs, and perennial beds.
What Should I Do After Flowering?
Allow the foliage to die down on its own and it will form seed pods and self-sow.
Other Popular Varieties
(Besides the species itself); 'Alba' (white).
About the Family
Fritillaria is a genus that consists of about 100 species. They are native to the temperate regions of the Northern hemisphere. The name is derived from the Latin name for a dice-box (fritillus) and probably refers to the checkered pattern, quite often of chocolate brown and greenish-yellow, that is common in the flowers of many species.
Grows well in most fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soils and prefers cool, moist summers. Divide offsets, or collect and sow ârice-grainâ bulbils in late summer. Handle the fragile bulbs carefully and plant at four times own depth.
Cottage/Informal Garden, Flowers Borders and Beds, Rock Garden or Wildflower Gardens. Suitable for rock garden, raised bed or naturalising in grass
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