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Fritillaria imperialis ‘Aurora’ (Crown Imperial)

Crown Imperial 'Aurora'

Fritillaria Imperialis Auroran, Crown Imperial, mid Spring bloom, Fritillaria Aurora, late Spring bloom, orange crown imperial, Rascal Series
Fritillaria Imperialis Auroran, Crown Imperial, mid Spring bloom, Fritillaria Aurora, late Spring bloom, orange crown imperial, Rascal Series
Fritillaria Imperialis Auroran, Crown Imperial, mid Spring bloom, Fritillaria Aurora, late Spring bloom, orange crown imperial, Rascal Series

Shorter than most crown imperials, Fritillaria imperialis ‘Aurora’ is a bulbous perennial boasting a beautiful display of bright golden-orange, pendant, bell-shaped flowers topped by a crown of small leaves and rising at the end of an upright stem bearing lance-shaped, glossy leaves.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm)
  • Blooming occurs in mid to late spring and lasts for 2-3 weeks.
  • Specimens that receive what they need often continue to flower year after year in the same location.
  • Plant in fall in a full sun or partial shade area (some shade is particularly important in warmer climate zones) with moderately fertile, sandy and 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. Water only once every 1-2 weeks and keep the soil dry for a few days before watering again. This will prevent the bulbs from rotting.
  • Spectacular in groupings of 6-12 bulbs. Mixes beautifully with other flowering bulbs such as the elegant lily-flowered Tulip ‘Ballerina’ with its luminous tangerine orange reflexed petals, Muscari armeniacum (Grape hyacinth) with its cobalt-blue flowers or ‘Narcissus ‘Mount Hood’ or ‘King Alfred’, two very fragrant daffodils that will show off the pendant golden flowers of this ‘Maxima Lutea’ to perfection!
  • Deer and rabbit resistant
  • The flowers have a distinctive musk-like odor and contain large drops of nectar.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 4 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Liliaceae
Genus Fritillaria
Common names Crown Imperial, Fritillaria
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 7" - 8"
(18cm - 20cm)
Spacing 8" (20cm)
Depth 8" (20cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Bees
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Fritillaria affinis (Chocolate Lily)
Fritillaria atropurpurea (Spotted Fritillary)
Fritillaria verticillata
Fritillaria raddeana
Fritillaria imperialis ‘Beethoven’ (Crown Imperial)
Fritillaria imperialis ‘Brahms’ (Crown Imperial)

Recommended Companion Plants

Narcissus ‘Trevithian’ (Jonquil Daffodil)
Tulipa ‘Lilac Perfection’ (Double Late Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Ballerina’ (Lily-Flowered Tulip)
Muscari armeniacum (Grape Hyacinth)
Allium (Ornamental Onion)
Hyacinthus orientalis (Dutch Hyacinth)

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 4 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Liliaceae
Genus Fritillaria
Common names Crown Imperial, Fritillaria
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 7" - 8"
(18cm - 20cm)
Spacing 8" (20cm)
Depth 8" (20cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Bees
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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