Guinea-Hen Flower Fritillaria


Guinea-Hen Flower Fritillaria

Fritillaria meleagris Checkered 1½" flowers in a mix of colors, mostly plum or bronze, with some lilac-pink or white. Delicate single bells hang on slender grey-green grasslike stems. Will spread in a well-drained sheltered spot; also suitable in borders, grassy or humusy areas.

Also called Checkered Lily or Snake’s Head Fritillary. Native to Europe where it grows all over in meadows and along streams.

10–14" tall. Mid Spring blooms, Z3-8. 6cm/up bulbs.

6613 Guinea-Hen Flower
Item Discounted
A: 10 for $5.40   
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B: 50 for $16.20   
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C: 200 for $52.20   
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Additional Information

Novelties and Specialties

The Royal General Bulbgrowers Association in Holland (Koninklijke Algemeene Vereeniging voor Bloembollencultuur, or KAVB) puts this large group of diverse flowers into a boring catch-all category: Miscellaneous Bulbs. The expensive catalogs call them specialty or accent bulbs; some call them minor or dwarf bulbs (even though some of the fritillaries are huge!); Louise Beebe Wilder covered most of them in her 1936 classic Adventures with Hardy Bulbs. Whatever you call them, most are uncommonly sweet, delicate, colorful, and completely welcome in spring.

Descriptions and Codes

See also: bulb planting information and bulb planting charts.