Fritillaria persica
Fritillaria persica

Fritillaria persica

SKU: F240724
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Quick Facts
Common Name: Fritillary
Hardiness Zone: 4-7S/8W Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Apr-May
Mature Height: 1-4' Spacing: 6-8"
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Deer Resistance: Yes
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The narrow, bell-shaped flowers of Fritellaria persica are a rich plum purple, almost black, and alternate up the stem, which can range from 1–4′ tall. They dangle above glaucous gray-green leaves. Plant this Fritillary with white Narcissus or pastel pink Tulips to provide a light backdrop for the spectacular dark bloom spikes. Fritillaria persica is a garden heirloom bulb that dates to 1573.

Fritillaria, a genus with over 100 species, has a peculiar appeal and distinction that reside in the shapes and unusual shades of their flowers. These downward-facing blossoms are bell-like, saucer-like, or tubular, some wearing leafy tufts (bracts); they create a spectacular show in spring or early summer. The characteristic skunky odor is a benefit because it deters deer. Although the bulbs are fragile, the species we sell perform well in rich, well-drained borders and rock gardens.

For more information on the planting and care of Fritillaria, click Growing Guide.




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.


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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (3 Reviews) Write a Review

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Persian Lily success

Ordered 3 Persian Lilies last fall . Planted them after struggling to dig deep enough holes for such large bulbs. Added sand to hole. Two came up and grew 2’ tall and flowered nicely between the tulips and daffodils.
Deer left them alone while they ate my tulips. Foliage is finished now. Both bulbs have heaved themselves above ground (started while they were leafing out and blooming). Soil here is very rocky .
Can’t decide whether to just cover the area with lots of soil and mulch while annuals grow around it this summer. Or whether to dig it up and store it now.??‍♀️
I definitely will buy more in the fall. I loved the dark blooms and unusual leaves.

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Love them

Big and bold early. Great bloom for a long time and the structure was beautiful as well. I'm back for more.

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Chalky plum, nice enough with the daffodils

True, this plant does bloom at the same time and is a nice enough backdrop for the daffodils. I find the color to be a "chalky" plum, not vibrant.

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Growing guide

Growing guide
Print Grow Guide

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.