A graceful beauty with pretty, patterned petals. The tessellated, or criss crossed, maroon and cream flowers are intricately detailed and undeniably eye catching.
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.
The linear leaves of Fritillaria are green with a grey sheen. They grow 6-13cm long at the same time as the bloom.
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.
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’.
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade