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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.
Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb
Flower colour: Mixed
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist
Skill level: Experienced
Time to divide plants: August to September
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