Fritillaria acmopetala

Fritillaria acmopetala
Fritillaria acmopetala

Easy to grow and with attractive flowers Fritillaria acmopetala that produces large bell shaped flowers in spring.

Found from Southern Turkey through to Lebanon and Cypress, this is a varied species with a number of sub species including F. acmopetala ssp. wendelboi.

The species itself has olive green flowers with muted maroon markings, and even these vary depending on origin. F. acmopetala ssp. wendelboi differs in a number of ways, shorter wider leaves and a squared flower.

The petals are slightly recurved, with the same maroon marking revealed on the inside lips. Tall growing to 15 “, although variable.

Fritillaria acmopetala Care

This is an easy care bulb when planted in a well drained soil and a sunny position, it also grows well in containers.

  • Full sun to light afternoon shade.
  • Well drained soil
  • Flowering in early to mid spring depending on climate
  • Hardy to USDA Zones 5 – 8
  • Grows well in a container for those in cooler zones.
  • Does not cope well with the humidity of the sub tropics.
  • Can be planted beneath deciduous trees or shrubs.

Planting

Bulbs are best planted 4 – 5 inches deep.

In wet soils improve the drainage before planting or raise the area into a higher rock garden, wet winters will rot the bulbs.

Propagation

Plants can be propagated by division or from seed. By division, wait until the bulbs have gone into dormancy in fall. Divide and replant immediately.