Fritillaria Meleagris
Fritillaria Meleagris (Snake's Head Fritillary) Fritillaria Meleagris (Snake's Head Fritillary) Fritillaria Meleagris (Snake's Head Fritillary) Fritillaria Meleagris Fritillaria Meleagris (Snake's Head Fritillary)

Fritillaria Meleagris (Snake's Head Fritillary)


Delivery: From end August

The exotic looking chequered bells of the Fritillaria Meleagris are a stunning sight in April and May. These lovely maroon to lilac-pink occasionally white flowers are also known as the Snake’s Head Fritillary. They are one of our favourite spring bulbs. Always plant on arrival.

Heirloom Fritillaria classified 1572

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Colour Purple, White
Delivery From end August
Garden Position Sun, Partial shade
Hardiness Hardy
Height (Mature plant) 15 cm
Month of Blooming April (Early), April (Late), May (Early), May (Late)
Planting Depth 15cm
Planting Time Autumn, Winter
Planting density (per m2) 75-100
Planting position Front, Middle
Scented No
Size 7 - 8cm
Special Features Animal Resistant, Naturalising, RHS Award of Garden Merit, Heirloom
Suitable for Pots No
Type of Soil Fertile, Humus Rich, Moist, Well Drained
Firillaria Meleagris do best in a moist area where they will happily naturalise. They look most at home in a wild flower or woodland garden with their pretty pendant flowers held at the top of slender stems.

There’s nothing quite like Fritillaria Meleagris flower bulbs. Famous for their mesmerizing beauty and enchanting allure. It seems almost unbelievable that a flower can produce such geometric checkered patterns. 

Fritillaria Meleagris, also known as the Snake's Head Fritillary, boasts striking bell-shaped flowers that hang from the tip of the stem. Its unique petals display in shades of purple, burgundy, and white, resembling a delicate tapestry.

The foliage is thin and grass like, and these plants sit comfortably amongst wet grass. Springing into life in mid spring, whether you have a sprawling garden, a charming balcony, or a cozy patio, Fritillaria Meleagris adapts effortlessly to various environments. Plant them in borders, meadows, rockeries, or containers.

Fritillaria Meleagris bulbs are known for their resilience and adaptability. They thrive in well-drained but moist soil and prefer areas with partial shade. Making them an excellent choice for both experienced gardeners and beginners.

Over time, Fritillaria Meleagris bulbs multiply, forming breathtaking clusters that enhance the beauty of any garden. They have a naturalizing tendency, creating a captivating spectacle as the landscape transforms into a sea of delicate, nodding blooms.

Fritillaria Meleagris is not only visually stunning but also serves as an ecological boon. Its bell-shaped flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, promoting a healthy and thriving ecosystem in your garden.

With minimal care requirements, once you have found the ideal position for Fritillaria Meleagris, they can be left alone, happy in the soil. 

This range of Fritillaria are a mixture of purple and white. We also stock Fritillaria Meleagris Alba



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