Fritillaria meleagris

Fritillaria meleagris

Snake's head fritillary

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Fritillaria meleagris
  • Common name: Snake's head fritillary
  • Plant type: Bulb

Height: 30cm

Spread: 5cm

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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Snake's head fritillary, Fritillaria meleagris, always attracts 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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Needs regular watering in pots
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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