Fritillaria ehrhartii

Fritillaria ehrhartii
Fritillaria ehrhartii

Originally from Aegean Islands of Greece, Fritillaria ehrhartii puts on a good show of purple hanging flowers during spring.

The flowers are often yellow tipped however this is a variable species and the yellow tips on ours are not prominent.

Fritillaria ehrhartii Care

Again good drainage is the key to growing Fritillaria ehrhartii, so we are looking for that combination of humus rich deep soil, but free draining.

This is a bulb that like to be a little deeper than the usual rule. Try around 6 inches (15cm) deep and if needed add some drainage material beneath this, sharp sand or fine grit will do.

Planting

Like most bulbs they look great in clumps. We like 7 – 10 in a group, and unevenly spaced for a more ‘natural’ look.

They grow equally well in the rock garden and in a well drained container in full sun to part shade.

Propagation

Easy by division of established clumps, also possible from seeds sown at the end of summer.