Fritillaria are delicate and exotic flowers that have been adorning gardens and meadows throughout the UK since Elizabethan times. From a low-growing 20cm height to a statuesque metre-plus, from unusual checkered pattern to vibrant shades of yellow, orange or red, these extraordinary beauties come in a range of styles and colours to suit all tastes. We think fritillary bulbs deserve a more prominent role in garden plantings and are sure that once you browse the impressive collection on DutchGrown, you will agree.
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Some interesting facts about Fritillarias

  • Fritillaria is a genus of flowering plants that belongs to the family Liliaceae. They are commonly known as fritillaries and are known for their distinctive bell-shaped flowers.
  • The name "fritillaria" is derived from the Latin word "fritillus," which means dice box. This name refers to the checkered or mottled patterns found on the petals of many fritillary species.
  • In the United Kingdom, one of the most iconic fritillaries is the Snake's Head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris). It is native to damp meadows and grasslands in parts of England, and its unique flowers display a chequered pattern in shades of purple, pink, and white.
  • The Snake's Head Fritillary is sometimes referred to as the "Chess Flower" due to its resemblance to a chessboard pattern. It is considered a rare and protected species in the UK, and it is a beloved symbol of conservation efforts to preserve meadow habitats.
  • Fritillaries have been cultivated in the UK for centuries. The first recorded cultivation of Fritillaries dates back to the early 16th century when they were grown in English gardens.
  • Fritillaries are known for their bulbous roots, which store nutrients to support the plants' growth and survival. These bulbs have been used in traditional medicine for their supposed therapeutic properties.
  • The Crown Imperial (Fritillaria imperialis) is another notable fritillary species found in the UK. It features tall stems crowned with clusters of pendant bell-shaped flowers in shades of orange, red, and yellow. This species is also grown in gardens for its ornamental value.
  • Fritillaries attract various pollinators, including bees and butterflies, with their nectar-rich flowers. They play an essential role in supporting pollinators and contribute to the overall biodiversity of ecosystems.
  • Some fritillaries are known for their strong scent. The Crown Imperial, in particular, emits a pungent odor that is said to repel pests and small mammals, serving as a natural deterrent.
  • Fritillaries are known to be challenging to cultivate and require specific growing conditions. They prefer well-drained soil, partial shade, and a cool, moist climate. Despite the challenges, many gardening enthusiasts in the UK enjoy the rewards of successfully growing these beautiful and unique flowers.