The genus, Fritillaria consists of almost 100 species. All of these are found in the northern hemisphere, with the main habitats being the areas around the Mediterranean. 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. Often odd looking, the blossoms sometimes unusually colored and mottled.
- Easy to grow, most Fritillaries are dramatic looking and deter the hungriest critters, including deer and rabbit.
- They grow from 6 in. to 4 ft. tall (15-120 cm).
- Plant in fall in a full sun or part shade area in organically rich, moist but well-drained soil for best results. The soil must drain quickly and thoroughly. All appreciate some winter chill and tend to perform poorly where summers are hot and dry. Reduce watering as foliage dies back in summer.
- Spectacular in groupings in beds and borders or naturalized areas. The small varieties are terrific additions to rock gardens.