Snake's Head Fritillary

Fritillaria meleagris

Snake's Head Fritillary - Fritillaria meleagris

Common Name: Snake's Head Fritillary
Genus: Fritillaria
Species: meleagris

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
Form: Bulb
Growth Rate: Average
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.30 m (30 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.05 m (5 cm)

Flower Colour: Purple, White
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: April & May

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

Pretty pendent white and pinkish-purple bells in spring with distinctive checkerboard snake-skin like markings on slender stems in April and May with long, thin grey-green leaves. These delightful snake's head fritillaries are perfect for naturalising in a moist woodland edge or wildflower garden. It's essential to select a site where the soil remains moist in summer.

Garden Care: Plant 12cm (5in) deep from September to November taking care not to damage the fragile bulbs.


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