Checkered Lilies are winsome, charming, with bell-shaped blooms in shades of purple (and occasionally white) marked with a faint checkerboard pattern. Native to damp meadows and woodlands in Europe, these bulbs need partial shade and abundant moisture, which makes them highly sought after among gardeners who have less than perfectly drained soil. An excellent choice for naturalizing in a moist, shady garden. Heirloom, 1572.
Fritillaria are a delight in practically any setting, and their unusual profile draws the eye like a magnet. Give them full sun and a rich, well-drained soil that stays dry in summer. The bulbs have a faint skunky odor, which has the salutary effect of repelling pests, including voles.
For more information on the planting and care of Fritillaria, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Ketcher from Northwestern CT
I love these little woodland bells, and had hoped to naturalize them at the edge of the woods. Unfortunately, my local deer did not read the note about them being deer-resistant, and browsed them into oblivion. I wanted to give them 5 stars, but had to take away a star because of their appeal to deer.
Owls View from Branford, CT
I just love this plant. It is really easy care. I planted it around my mailbox which gets sun for short periods and I get a lot of comments on it. When not in bloom it has a nice grassy look to it, but mine sprout up in the end of April/May and blooms from June until - well it still has some blooms and its now Sept. 10th.
pmissabe from Duluth MN
I had never seen this flower before and since I was starting a new garden I thought I'd give it a try. I could not believe how beautiful this flower actually was. It was a "stunner" in my Spring garden and received a ton of compliments. You definitely will not be disappointed.
A viewer from Princeton, NJ
I bought 50 bulbs in the fall of 2015 from White flower farm. They are all blooming now and are gorgeous. There were two that were white, I didn't want white but the rest were exactly like the picture. I will buy more to plant in the fall. Gorgeous flower.
Latin Name Pronunciation: frit-ill-air'-ee-ah
Bulb size: 20-24 cm
Plant 3″ deep and 3–4″ apart for smaller species and cultivars, 6–8″ deep and 10–12″ apart for F. imperialis and other large types. F. imperialis has a hollow crown that may collect water, so it's wise to plant bulbs sideways. Fritillarias prefer plenty of moisture while actively growing and very rich soil enriched with plenty of compost. Full sun to part shade. F. meleagris types require part shade. On arrival, bulbs may appear spongy and somewhat discolored. This is normal and does not mean the bulbs are not viable. Only if they are powdery dry are they not worth planting.