Checkered lily

Fritillaria meleagris

Photo/Illustration: 
Richard Hartlage
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Checkered lily (Fritillaria meleagris)
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Genus:  Fritillaria
Solitary or paired bell-shaped flowers in shades of checkered maroon and reddish-purple or white dangle from delicate, arching stems in spring.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This species is suitable for growing in a damp meadow or open woodland, and is great for naturalizing in lawn.
Care:  Fritillaria meleagris prefers moist soil in full sun to light shade, and cool, damp summers.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame in fall, provide winter cold treatment, and then move to a cool greenhouse; divide offsets in late summer.
Problems:  Rust, leaf spot.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Hazelnut,
Red,
White
Uses
Naturalizing,
Waterside
Style
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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