With its checkered flowers, Fritillaria meleagris is commonly called the ‘Snakes Head Fritillary’. It is a native of many countries in Europe including, France, Romania and Croatia.
This is a medium growing species and with its distinctive checkered flower head is a popular garden plant.
Growing to 30cm Fritillaria meleagris comes in a few forms including pinks, pale yellow and the white flowering Fritillaria meleagris alba.
Like most other species, Fritillaria meleagris requires a well drained position to avoid bulb rot, and can be successfully grown in a container or pot.
How to Grow Fritillaria meleagris
Again good drainage is the key to growing Fritillaria meleagris, so we are looking for that combination of humus rich deep soil, but free draining.
Like most other species, F. meleagris requires a well drained position to avoid bulb rot, and can be successfully grown in a container or pot.
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. Well suited to USDA Zones 3 – 8.
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE