Fritillary

Fritillaria thunbergii

Fritillary - Fritillaria thunbergii

Common Name: Fritillary
Genus: Fritillaria
Species: thunbergii

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.10 m (10 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green, Cream, White
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: April & May

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

A rarely seen fritillary that produces open clusters of two to six creamy bell or cup-shaped flowers that often have pale green mottling or veining. Each of these nodding flowers will grow to around 3.5cm long and they look great against the narrow grey-green foliage. Plant it in a prominent spot in the border or try it in a deep pot filled with a good compost - John Innes No. 2 is ideal.

  • Garden care: Plant 12cm (5in) deep from September to November in fertile well-drained soil and keep an eye out for slug and snail damage when the new foliage is emerging in spring. Keep reasonably dry while dormant.


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