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Fritillaria meleagris

Snake's head Fritillary

Sun or Partial Shade Sun or Partial Shade
Hardy Perennial Hardy Perennial
Hardy bulb Hardy bulb
Flowers For Cutting/Drying Flowers For Cutting/Drying
Suitable for Container Suitable for Container
Foliage/Stem/Fruit Interest Foliage/Stem/Fruit Interest
Bees And Butterflies Bees And Butterflies

from £0.22

30 bulbs
Delivered by 17th September 2021
60 bulbs
Delivered by 17th September 2021
90 bulbs
Delivered by 17th September 2021


A vignette of Fritillaria meleagris gently nodding their graceful heads amongst the grass in the spring breeze is a scene which has won the hearts of many over the years.The unmistakeable flower heads, dusky-purple and matte, in a unique chequerboard pattern will capture your attention, just waiting for you to peek around the recurved petals and into the heart.It is easy to see where this unusual British native beauty gets its common name, Snake's head fritillary - in early spring, the fresh buds and leaves push their way up through the grass like the nose of a small snake before elongating and arching in a distinctly reptilian fashion. The pattern on each petal looks as if it is intricately made of scales, completing the look of this elegant little plant which will reach a maximum height of 30cm.The curving, architectural beauty of Fritillaria meleagris make them excellent cut flowers, adding a final flourish to a floral arrangement and simply beautiful in a single bud vase. For best results, plant bulbs 20cm deep on their sides in autumn in well-drained soil which remains damp in the summer. Best grown to naturalise in meadow areas and informal planting schemes in dappled shade.
Sun or Partial Shade
30cm (12in)
Pest Resistant Flowers For Cutting/Drying Suitable for Container Foliage/Stem/Fruit Interest Ideal for Beginners Rare or Unusual Bees And Butterflies AGM Good for rockeries Moist well drained soil
Hardy Perennial Hardy bulb
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FH - Fully hardy - will withstand temperatures down to -15 C (5F) and often lower.
H - Hardy - are happy down to at least -5C (23F).
HH - Half hardy - can withstand down to around 0C (32F).
T - Tender - may be damaged by temperatures below 5C (41F)
WT Warm temperate can withstand temperatures between 5-10 C (41-50 F)
ST Sub Tropical are happy in temperatures between 10-15 C (50 59 F)
TR Tropical can withstand temperatures above 15 C (59 F)

Please remember that temperatures can vary significantly within quite a small area, and hardiness can be affected by soil, position and other factors.

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