Fritillaria meleagris Mix
Fritillaria meleagris Mix

Fritillaria meleagris Mix

SKU: F252125
50 for $23.00
Quick Facts
Common Name: Checkered Lily Bulb Collection
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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A blend of delicious purples, from pinkish to plum, and we've salted our Fritillaria meleagris bulb mix with a good number of whites to bring out the best in these rich shades. Superb in shade with the complementary blooms of Hellebores.

Guinea Hen Flowers, also known as Checkered Lilies, are winsome, charming, and unusual, with a faint checkered pattern in white or green against a base color that varies from reddish purple to almost black. The large, solitary flowers look like pendent Tulips. Excellent naturalizer in woodlands or meadows, preferring a humusy rich soil that never completely dries out. 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.




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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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.



Average Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (3 Reviews) Write a Review

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I normally love White Flower Farms bulbs, and am amazed by there size and quality. However, these bulbs were a huge disappointment. Out of 50, maybe half were a good size, quality bulb. The rest were tiny and over 20 were cut in half. I’ve bought much nicer, and cheaper fritillary bulbs at garden centers. I doubt I’ll get much of a show this spring.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful. Do you? yes no  Certified buyer

Unique and Enjoyable

I first planted these in the fall of 2017. I think almost all of them came in and they are just beautiful. I had no idea what a checkered lily was until the season before when one magically appeared in my front flower bed. I posted a photo on Facebook and a few of my gardening friends told me what it was called. I then ordered a bunch here for the next year! I'd give this flower a five star except they just haven't returned a whole lot. Some of them do, but not the majority. I think I'd say 1/3 have come back in 2019 and 2020--both years. I don't think more bloomed on their second season than their first. Definitely worth the price to buy and time to plant though.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful. Do you? yes no  Certified buyer


I planted 25 bulbs at the front of my perennial border. They are absolutely beautiful. I will plant another 100 this fall!

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Growing guide

Growing guide
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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.