Fritillaria meleagris
Fritillaria meleagris

Fritillaria meleagris

SKU: F251125
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Common Name: Checkered Lily, Fritillary
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/W Exposure: Part Shade
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Blooms In: Apr-May
Mature Height: 9-12" Spacing: 3-4"
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Deer Resistance: Yes
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Checkered Lilies (Fritillaria meleagris) 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.




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Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (6 Reviews) Write a Review

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Looks JUST like the picture!

I can’t stop taking photos of these gorgeous checkerboard flowers! Every one came up beautifully and they are the showstoppers in my early spring garden next to the house. Just beautiful! Highly recommend!

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Miniature beauties

I bought this for a rock ledge garden which is in full sun, although full sun around here has been rare. They are bringing me so much joy. They all came up about a week ago when it was near freezing, and are just the right scale and delicacy for a rock garden.

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Excellent and beautiful

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.

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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.

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Love this plant

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.

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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.