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Fritillaria meleagris

Snake's head fritillary

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Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour






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Fritillaria meleagris

Plant details

Snake's head fritillary, Fritillaria meleagris, always excites attention. No other members of the fritillaria genus can match this native wildflower for the bizarre and unmistakable colouring of its bell-shaped flowers. These come in various shades of purple and occasionally white, always with a pronounced checked pattern all over. Plants are extremely hardy and trouble-free, and are ideal for growing in a variety of situations including containers, sunny spring borders and in wildflower meadows or areas of long grass. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Fritillaria meleagris in free-draining soil in light shade. Allow foliage to die down completely after flowering.

Family: Liliaceae

Genus: Fritillaria

Species: meleagris

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 30cm

Spread: 5cm

Time to divide plants: August to September

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