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Snakeshead Fritillary


Snakeshead Fritillary Bulbs 

Latin:  Fritillaria meleagris

Other Names:  Fritillary
Distribution:  It was once common in wet meadows in the South of Britain, but draining, ploughing and fertilizers have greatly reduced the sites where the massed blooms appear in the wild.
Habitat:  It prefers damp soil and the plants shouldn't be allowed to dry out in the summer.  It is suitable for naturalising in grass, dappled shade and open woodland.
Description:  Perennial.  It is one of our most beautiful wild flowers, named after the snake-skin pattern and the shape of its bud before it opens.  It is a medium plant (20-40cm), with nodding, chequered-purple flowers appearing in April and May. Occasionally, some of the flowers vary in colour from pink or brownish purple to white.
Wildlife:  The flowers are very attractive to bees.

Planting Instructions for Dry Bulbs in autumn:  The size of the bulb will determine how deeply it should be planted.  Generally, the depth of soil above the bulb should be equal to the height of the bulb, but there are exceptions. Snakeshead Fritillary should be planted at least 10cm below the soil surface to avoid depredations by mice and other rodents. 

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Planting Instructions for 'In the Green' Bulbs:  The bulbs should be planted as soon as you receive them.  They are best planted where they can be left undisturbed.  If the earth is frozen solid, then you’ll need to wait until it is crumbly again.  If you do need to wait for a couple of days, sink the bulbs in some damp compost in a sheltered place until the soil is crumbly again.

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Plant the bulbs as soon as possible upon receipt.

These bulbs were grown in Britain from cultivated stock.  



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