Crown imperial

Fritillaria imperialis 'Lutea'

Crown imperial - Fritillaria imperialis 'Lutea'

Common Name: Crown imperial
Genus: Fritillaria
Species: imperialis
Cultivar: 'Lutea'

The Latin translation of Fritillaria refers to the chequered pattern on the flowers and the link to chequered chess boards and games involving dice.

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Other features: the flowers have an unpleasant 'fox-like' odour

Clusters of striking bright yellow bell-like flowers on sturdy stems are topped with a ruff of leaf-like bracts in May and June . These imposing and long-lasting bulbs look fabulous emerging from a sunny well-drained herbaceous border. After flowering remove the ripening leaves - left in place the seedpods provide sculptural interest for several months.

  • Garden care: Plant 20cm (8in) deep from September to November in fertile well-drained soil taking care not to damage the fragile bulbs. To minimise unnecessary disturbance use a marker indicating where the bulbs have been planted.



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