Fritillaria meleagris

Scientific name: Fritillaria meleagris


Common names: “Checkered lily” “Snake’s head fritillary” “Drooping tulip” “Guinea flower” “Guinea-hen flower” “Leper lily” “Snake heads”

Plant Type: Bulb


Zone: 3-8

Light: Full sun – light shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Fertile, humus rich

Moisture: Moist well drained, moderate water in summer dormancy


Plant Size: H 1′ W naturalises

Leaf and Stem shape: Lance-shaped, greyish-green leaves

Flower: 1-2 nodding, bell-shaped purple flowers, the tepals tessellated with pale pink in a checkerboard fashion

Pruning: None

Maintenance: Don’t dig up the bulb, harvest the seed, seldom need dividing

Landscape use: Flower beds, woodland meadow

Propagate: By seed and bulblets

Pests & Disease: None

Comments: ~AGM winner,

Cultivars: F. affinis – Native “chocolate lily”


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