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Snakeshead Fritillary

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Fritillaria meleagris Nodding chequered blooms that are now very scarce to see.

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Latin Name: Fritillaria meleagris

Common Name(s): Snakeshead Fritillary

Plant Type: Perennial

Habitat: Damp Meadow


Pink, Purple



Flowering Time:

March - April

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Fritillaria Meleagris is a fantastic bulb planter that goes by a few common names including snakehead fritillary, snakehead (the original English name), chess flower (because of the chequered pattern), guinea-hen flower, guinea flower, frog-cup, leper lily (because the shape resembled the bell once carried by lepers), Lazarus bell, chequered lily, chequered daffodil, drooping tulip or, in northern Europe, simply fritillary. It’s dull purple flowers sit atop slender stems that bloom in March and April. Prefers moist soils that are well-drained.

Plant 12cm (5in) deep from September to November in fertile, well-drained soil, taking care not to damage the fragile bulbs. Also a little sand or gravel in the hole for good drainage if possible. Can take one to two years to flower after replanting. PDF: Planting Instructions Here


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