Snakeshead Fritillary



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     Native British 

Snake's Head Fritillary Bulbs 

Latin:  Fritillaria meleagris

Other Names:  Fritillary
Distribution:  This is the native British fritillary.  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 Bulbs:  Fritillary bulbs are best planted in late summer or early autumn so that rooting can start before the soil cools.  They are best planted where they can be left undisturbed.  Plant with about 10cm of soil above the bulb, so that the soil covering does not dry out during the Spring.  If the soil dries out, the plant may not have sufficient moisture to build up the bulb for flowering the following year. The bulbs are popular with mice and other rodents, so planting under turf is a good way of avoiding their depredations.

Plant the bulbs as soon as possible upon receipt.  


10 bulbs@6    

20 bulbs @ 8   

50 bulbs @15      

100 bulbs @28      

500 bulbs @135      

1000 bulbs @240      

All prices include VAT.

Please contact us for larger quantities



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