Crown imperial

Fritillaria imperialis

Fritillaria imperialis 'Rubra Maxima'
Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of White Flower Farm
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Crown imperial (Fritillaria imperialis)
Genus:  Fritillaria
This species draws much attention with its striking gaiety of color and form. Its large, bell-shaped flowers in shades of orange, yellow, and red dangle from tufts of shiny green leaf bracts. Sitting atop sturdy, 3-foot stalks, the flowers make a surprising and regal statement in the late spring garden.
Care:  These bulbous perennials needs fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Plant at four times their own depth. The hollow-centered bulbs do best planted on their sides and surrounded with sharp sand.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame in fall, provide winter cold treatment, and then move to cool greenhouse. Divide offsets in late summer.
Problems:  Rust, leaf spot.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Orange/Salmon Flower,
Red Flower,
Yellow Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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