Will spread in a well-drained sheltered spot; also suitable in borders, grassy or humusy areas. Native to Europe where it grows all over in meadows and along streams.
10-14", MS, Z3-8, 6cm/up.
In Latin, fritillus is a dice-box, and most flowers in the Fritillaria genus show a subtle checkered pattern on the bell-like flowers.
is the name the Royal General Bulbgrowers Association in Holland (Koninklijke Algemeene Vereeniging voor Bloembollencultuur, or KAVB) gives to this large group of flowers. 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.
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