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Fritillaria persica (Persian Lily)

Persian Bell, Persian Lily (Fritillaria Persica)


Native to such locations as Turkey, Iran or Jordan, Fritillaria persica (Persian Lily) produces striking tall flower stalks bearing over 30 pendant bells, which range from plum purple to ivory in color. Blooming in mid to late spring, they rise atop the foliage of lanceolate, gray-green leaves. Adding drama to the spring garden, they combine beautifully with the architectural Fritillaria imperialis varieties and late-flowering daffodils and tulips.

  • Grows up to 3-4 ft. tall (90-120 cm). Persian Lily will naturalize and continue to flower year after year in optimum growing conditions.
  • Plant in fall in a full sun area in organically rich, moist but well-drained soil for best results. The soil must drain quickly and thoroughly; heavy soil will definitely need the addition of extra sand.
  • Spectacular in groupings in beds and borders.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 6 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Fritillaria
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 3' - 4' (90cm - 120cm)
Spread 8" (20cm)
Spacing 8" (20cm)
Depth 8" (20cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 6 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Fritillaria
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 3' - 4' (90cm - 120cm)
Spread 8" (20cm)
Spacing 8" (20cm)
Depth 8" (20cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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