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Checkered lily

Fritillaria meleagris

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Solitary or paired bell-shaped flowers in shades of checkered maroon and reddish-purple or white dangle from delicate, arching stems in spring.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis species is suitable for growing in a damp meadow or open woodland, and is great for naturalizing in lawn.

CareFritillaria meleagris prefers moist soil in full sun to light shade, and cool, damp summers.

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame in fall, provide winter cold treatment, and then move to a cool greenhouse; divide offsets in late summer.

ProblemsRust, leaf spot.

  • Genus : Fritillaria
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Red, White
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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