Snakes Head Fritillary Bulbs

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Fritillaria Meleagris

Snakes Head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) has alternate, sharply pointed, grey-green, linear leaves, 6-13cm (2.5-5in) long. The flowers, which are produced in spring from March to May, are usually solitary but can sometimes be paired. They are pendulous, rather "square shouldered" and bell shaped, up to 4.5cm (1.75in) long. Colours vary from white, through pink to purple or pinkish-purple with characteristic checkerboard markings.

Fritillaria meleagaris naturalises well in grass and along the edges of hedgerows and woodland. It multiplies by division and self seeds when it is happy.  It prefers moist soil and dappled shade.

Fritillaries may or may not be English natives (it is disputed), but they were first described in writing in this country in the 16th century.

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