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Fritillaria imperialis (Crown imperial)

Fritillaria imperialis Fritillaria imperialis 'Rubra Maxima' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of White Flower Farm


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Fritillaria imperialis Common Name: Crown imperial 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.
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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