A bulbous perennial that is native to river flood plains in Europe where it is frequently seen growing in large colonies. Plants are dainty in appearance, featuring solitary (less frequently 2-3), drooping, 2” long, bell-shaped flowers which are checkered and veined with reddish-brown, purple, white and gray atop slender stems growing to 15” tall. Blooms in April. Linear, lance-shaped, grass-like green leaves are widely-spaced on the stems.
These are plants that you want to see up close. At a distance they hardly stand out, but when you get close and see the patterning on the petals, few people can help but fall in love with them.
Pronunciation: frit-il-AR-ee-uh mel-EE-uh-gris
Species Meaning: spotted like a guineafowl
Fritillaria meleagris is native to Western Asia, Europe.
Plant bulbs 3” deep and space 3-4” apart in fall. Needs consistent moisture throughout the growing season. Foliage should be allowed to die back naturally (by late spring) as the bulbs go dormant.
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Plant ID: P17011