Snakeshead Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris)
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Snakeshead Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris)

Who would'nt want a lawn filled with these gorgeous fritillaries, nodding their heads as the breeze ripples the grass?
  • A stunning mix of colours from purple to white, known as Snakeshead due to its unusual markings.
  • Their beautiful Checkerboard flowers are easy to grow and perfect for shady borders or under trees.
  • Their dainty nodding flowers will appear in April, and last several weeks.
  • Plant in groups in grass, or under trees, for a gorgeous natural look.
  • Very easy to care for. Slow growing, so will not take over. Ht 20cm or so. Pack of 75 bulbs.

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Demure and alluring, the dainty nodding heads of the snake's head fritillary (fritillaria meleagris) will add an unusual burst of colour to your garden in early spring.

A stunning mix of colours from purple to white, fritillaria meleagris is also known as Snakeshead due to its unusual markings - the dusky blooms of maroon or white are each marked with a checkerboard, almost snakeskin pattern

These hardy, easy to grow wildflowers are perfect for shady borders or under trees where their dainty nodding flowers will appear in April and last several weeks. Plant in groups in grass, or under trees, for a gorgeous natural look.

Fully deserving its coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, you can be sure that this is a proven garden performer, guaranteed to be suitable for UK gardeners at every level of experience.

You can therefore plant this in the garden with confidence, for stunning displays for many years to come. Very easy to care for and relatively slow growing, so will not take over. Ht 20cm or so.

Supplied as a pack of 75 bulbs, ready for immediate planting.

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Supplied as a pack of 75 bulbs, ready for planting. Size: 5/6.

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RHS Garden Merit
RHS Garden Merit
Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow

Top Tips

  • For a natural look, throw a handful onto a grassy area and then plant them where they fall.
  • Which way up? Pointy end up usually, but don't worry, if in doubt, plant them on their side - they soon right themselves in the ground anyway.

Care Information

Planting Fritillaria meleagris:

  • Grows well in most fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soils and prefers cool, rainy summers.
  • Handle the fragile bulbs carefully and plant at four times own depth.
  • Suitable for rock garden, raised bed or naturalising in grass where they form a stunning display.
  • Please check the bag for any additional planting instructions.
  • They are fine to plant even if a little green growth is showing, they'll just need a good watering when you plant them, and then only when the soil is dry.
  • Leave them in the ground once they die back and they'll come back bigger and better each year.
  • While all the energy that a bulb needs in order to grow is stored in the bulb itself, they will do better if you feed them when in active green growth.
  • Plant in herbaceous borders, in pots, or leave in the ground to naturalise.
  • If planted in pots be sure to water frequently and keep moist.

 

Aftercare Advice for Fritillaria meleagris:

  • Don't feed if naturalising in grass.
  • If growing in a pot, put a layer of gravel at the bottom of the pot to help keep the compost draining freely.
  • Add a handful of coarse sand or grit to the potting compost and then place the bulbs in a planting hole 3 times as deep as the height of the bulbs.
  • To protect the bulbs against frost, place the pot in a frost-free area or cover it with bubble wrap over winter.
  • Water during dry periods.


 

Trimming your snake's head fritillary:

  • Only remove foliage and stems once they have browned.
  • if you want them to self-sow, you must leave the flowers to set seed and not mow until late August at the earliest when the stems have turned to straw and scattered their seeds.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
When Your Plant Will Fruit
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
30 cm
5 cm
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