Turkish Fritillaria

Style and grace.

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Elegant, chocolate purple bells with a flash of gold. The inner petals are gold, with the outer a deep mahogany with matching gold trim. As the blooms age, the petal tips reflex, exposing more of the gold.

The blooms open on narrow stems sometimes alone, but most often in pairs or even trios. Each bloom is around 2.5cm long.

The leaves are mid green and grass like, growing 5-12cm long.

Also commonly known as Fox’s Grape it is native to the rocky, dry soils of Turkey, Iran and Iraq so they are quite hardy.

Turkish Fritillaria needs good drainage, especially over their dormant summer period. Water to establish, and keep just moist in active growth. The bulbs can be left in the ground to naturalise. The flowers can set viable seed, though you will wait a few years for flowers. The bulbs will multiply at a steady rate.

Plant Turkish Fritillaria in rock gardens, at the front of beds or in pots. If you have a garden over a wall it would be nice to plant them on the edge so you can look up and admire the internal golden shades.

Out of interest, Turkish Fritillaria has more chromosomes or DNA than any other known flora or fauna.

Code

FTUTF

Botantical name

Fritillaria uva-vulpis

Height

20-30cm

Width

5-10cm

Flowers

Mid Spring

Climate

Cool to Mediterranean

Availability

Australia wide

Aspect

Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as

Bulbs

Water needs

2