Fritillaria meleagris, Snake's Head Fritillary is the well-known and much-loved native Fritillaria with purplish-maroon flowers that are patterned in pale purple spots like the scaled skin of a snake. It is charming and elegant and has an air of exotic beauty. One of the easiest of all Fritillarias in cultivation it requires little more than a well-drained soil and a sunny aspect.
In nature, cream flowered variations occur within the populations and this mixed selection will also include some that are cream-flowered. These cream-flowered bulbs are different from the white-flowered cultivar 'Alba' which sells at a premium.
|Synonyms||Fritillaria contorta, Fritillaria graminifolia, Fritillaria lutea, Fritillaria major, Fritillaria meleagris var. contorta, Fritillaria meleagris subsp. meleagris, Fritillaria montana, Fritillaria pallida, Fritillaria praecox, Fritillaria tesselata, Lilium meleagris|
|Geographical Origin||Europe, including the UK; Western Asia|
|Cultivation||Full sun or partial shade. A deep, rich, well-drained slightly alkaline substrate of humus, sharp sand and grit. Summer heat|
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