Fritillaria meleagris (Snake’s-head fritillary)

Family: Liliaceae
Popular names: Snake’s-head fritillary

Flower colour: purple or white

Flowering period: April – May

Average plant height: 25 cm

Planting depth to base of bulb: 10 cm

Spacing between bulbs: 5 cm

Type of bulb: bulb

Light requirements: full sun to partial shade

Landscape uses: borders, rock gardens, lawns, under trees and shrubs, and perennial beds

Fritillaria meleagris does not much resemble F. imperialis. This species is native to Europe where its bulbs usually grow in very moist locations.

For better growing conditions, soil can be improved by adding upgraded black peat. The best results are achieved when the plants are not disturbed. To provide an ideal situation, sphagnum peat can be introduced between the plants. Doing so allows the seeds to germinate as well. These fritillarias are usually sold as mixed colours but certain specialists offer cultivars. The white cultivar known as ‘Alba’ is especially lovely.