Fritillaria meleagris

Snake's-head Fritillay, Guinea Hen Flower, Checkered Lily

Cherished for their nodding, bell-shaped flowers which often have delicate, checkered patterns, most are best suited to rock and woodland gardens in filtered shade. One species, Fritillaria imperialis, has brightly colored, showy clusters of flowers. Plant it with Tulips, Daffodils and Hyacinths for spring blossoming in borders or containers. Close-up, flowers and bulbs have an unpleasant odor. Plant bulbs in well-drained, organic soil. After flowering, gradually withhold water so plants go dormant in summer. Keep moderately dry until fall.
Fritillaria meleagris, Snake's-head Fritillay, Guinea Hen Flower, Checkered Lily
Flowers are nearly 2 inches long, from pure white, to white or pink checkered with deep colors that range from blood red to purple. Some cultivars bloom in other colors.

Attributes - Fritillaria meleagris

Plant Type: Bulb

Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Early Summer

Flower Color: Pink, White

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 1 ft. 4 in. to 1 ft. 6 in.

Width: 4 in.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Notes: Container Plants, Cut Flowers, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.

Related Plants

Fritillaria imperialis, Fritillaria imperialis 'Lutea', Fritillaria imperialis 'Rubra'
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