Snake's Head Fritillary Bulbs

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Misc RHS AGM
Shade Partial Shade
Area Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky
Colour Purple
Type Native
Flowering Mar, Apr, May

Fritillaria meleagris

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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 late 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 and are carried on stalks of about 30 cms. Colours vary from pink to purple or pinkish-purple with characteristic checkerboard markings.

Fritillaria meleagris is one of the plants in our range of spring flowering bulbs that 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 with a reasonable organic matter content and dappled shade.

Please note that these bulbs are predominantly shades of purple with pink checkerboard markings. It is possible that there may be the odd white one in the mix, which is a natural variation, but if you want white flowers, please take a look at our page on Fritillaria meleagris Alba.

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.

Other common names include chequered daffodil or lily, drooping tulip, guinea flower, and leper lily.

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