Fritillaria

Fritillaria (Fritillaria imperialis)
Other Names
Fritillary, Kaiser's Crown, Crown Imperial, Crown Imperial Fritillaria, Crown Imperial Lily, Dughu Shahi, Ikleel Al Malik, Keizerskroon, Kaiserkrone, Shelair, Semdinli Tulip.
Origins
Turkey, Kurdistan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, India, Himalayas, China.
Type
Perennial (herbaceous).
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 5 - 8.
Bloom - Spring.
Height - Approx. 3 ft (1 m).
Cultivation
Sunny, South-Western exposure, best. Grows well on slops, and in Alpine style gardens. Fritillaria will tolerate soils ranging from mildly alkaline, through
neutral to mildly acidic, as long as they are well drained.
Propagation
By seed, not recommended, may takes months to germinate. For prompt results, propagate by division of offsets, and rhizomes (when dormant)
Other
Fritillaria makes striking garden statement when in bloom. Blooms come in various shades of yellow, orange or red.
Some do not enjoy its fragrance, notably, mice, and moles, which makes Fritillaria an asset to have, in any garden!
Fritillarias are good companions to Arabis, Dianthus, Coreopsis, Rhododendron, and Campanulas.
Caution - although Fritillaria's parts have some medicinal value, this plant is unsuitable for home made remedies. It will cause toxic reactions if taken internally.
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