Fritillaria meleagris


The unmistakable nodding, bell-shaped flowers in various shades of purple and occasionally white with a pronounced checked pattern all over…

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Wonderful plants to naturalise under trees, in grass or to grow as specimen plants in pots. Although Snake’s Head Fritillaries are not native to the UK, they are naturalised, and can be found in the wild. The unmistakable colouring of the nodding, bell-shaped flowers in March and April are in various shades of purple and occasionally white, always with a pronounced checked pattern all over. Fritillaria meleagris are extremely hardy and trouble-free, though mice may eat the bulbs.  They 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)

A hardy plant which should survive normal winter conditions outside, especially in well drained soil with protection from winter wet. If grown in pots it is recommended to place in a sheltered position for the winter.

Each pot contains at least 3 flowering size bulbs.

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More Details:

Family: Liliaceae 
Common Name: chequered daffodil, chequered lily, drooping tulip, guinea flower, guinea-hen flower, leper lily, snake heads, snake head fritillary
Native: Central Europe to the Caucasus
Height x Spread: 30-45cm x 10-15cm (12-18″ x 34-6″)
Soil Type: Fertile, Humus rich, Well Drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Aspect: Sunny
UK Hardiness: Hardy
Flowering Time: Late Winter, Spring
Flower Colour: White, Blue, Violet
Foliage Colour: Green
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Fritillaria meleagris
Photo taken 07/03/2023


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