Plant Family Guides: Fritillaria Guides
Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus: these are the spring bloomers everyone knows. But there are hundreds of other, lesser-known beauties to plant in fall. Some are small and delicate, others tall and ungainly. All are fabulous. Wait till you see them!
Native to such locations as Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan, Fritillaria imperialis grows up to 40-44 inches tall (100-110 cm) in a beautiful display of orange, yellow or red pendant, bell-shaped flowers topped by a crown of small leaves; this striking ensemble rises high at the end of an upright stem bearing lance-shaped, glossy leaves. Blooming occurs in mid to late spring and lasts for 2-3 weeks.
The genus Fritillaria consists of almost 100 species. Only a limited number are being cultivated, but interest in this genus is very much on the rise. All of them exhibit bell-shaped flowers, generally hanging downwards from the top of upright stems which bear narrow leaves. Which one is for you?
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