Snake`s Head Fritillaria

A fascinating choice.

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A graceful beauty with pretty, patterned petals. The tessellated, or criss crossed, maroon and cream flowers are intricately detailed and undeniably eye catching. The bell shaped blooms are mesmerizing.

The linear leaves of Fritillaria are green with a grey sheen. They grow 6-13cm long. The flowers and foliage grow together.

Fritillaria bulbs grow best in moist, humus rich, well drained soil. They are endemic to England and prefer climates with cool winters and moist springs.

Snake`s Head Fritillaria are lovely naturalised in the garden, as part of a lawn planting or rockery. They are also delightful in pots. They can be planted in combination with other small spring bulbs such as mini Daffodils.

Fritillaria meleagris are hardier than most Fritillary species and as such can be left in the ground. Also known as the Chequered Lily for the tessellated pattern. The botanical name of meleagris translates to `Spotted Guinea Fowl`.

Code

FTMSH

Botantical name

Fritillaria meleagris

Height

20-30cm

Width

5-8cm

Flowers

Mid Spring

Climate

Cool to Mediterranean

Availability

Australia wide

Aspect

Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as

Bulbs

Water needs

2