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Fritillaria

Fritillarias are beautiful bulbs shaped like bells or cups which hang downward. They vary in height from six inches to four feet. Plant your Fritillaria bulbs in September or October and choose an area with light shade. They prefer well drained soil and the clumps may be divided every four years. The image below depicts the Fritillaria meleagris (Snake's Head Fritillary).

Fritillaria

Fritillaria petals are checkered and quite striking. Bulbs are also available in solid and striped colors. Fritillaria is available in white, blue, yellow, orange red, purple and lavender. The image below depicts the Fritillaria imperialis 'Maxima Lutea'.

Fritillaria

Fritillaria bloom in April. They have a peculiar almost disagreeable scent however they are so attractive with their checkerboard petals, striped petals and fringed petals that it would be a shame not to plant a few in your garden bed. Purchase bulbs which are easy to grow. I recommend the Fritillaria meleagris the common name is Snake's Head Fritillary, Checkered Daffodil, Chess Flower or Leper Lily.

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