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,
Red,
Salmon,
Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

Fritillaria imperialis