Fritillaria meleagris - Pack of 20

Fritillaria meleagris - Pack of 20

Fritillaria meleagris

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(Heirloom, 1572).

This lovely member of the lily family is rarely seen in the wild, where it once populated Northwestern Europe and Western Asia in grasslands and river meadows. The plant grows long grassy foliage and beautiful, deep-purple, bell-shaped blooms. Those blooms are decorated with a very unusual harlequin pattern in contrasting shades of yellow, rose, and burgundy. It's the blooms, hanging their heads downward, which have given this flower its common name of Snake's Head Lily. (It is also known as Guinea-hen Flower and Checkered Lily!)

This Fritillary does well in moist, loamy, sandy soil. It will self-seed, so you may see it happily popping up all over your garden -- a great blessing for the spring flower display!

Growing anywhere from 6 to 16 inches tall, this little beauty loves the sun and won't mind if you tuck it into little pockets in your garden or slip it in between rocks in a border. Plant the button-shaped bulbs 3 inches deep and space them 3 to 4 inches apart. They will bloom from March until May. Hardy in zones 3-8.

Planting Spring-Blooming Bulbs

With Wayside’s bulbs, growing gorgeous flowers is as easy as Dig, Drop, Done.


The first thing you want to do is pick your spot and dig the hole for your bulbs. Avoid places with standing water, as this could cause bulb rot. A good rule of thumb when planting is to dig down 3 times the height of the bulb, but you should follow the specific instructions for your bulb. Make sure to space out your bulbs to give your plants the right amount of room to grow later.


Now put your bulbs in the ground, pointy side up. For fall planting, be sure to get the bulbs in before the first frost. For spring planting, the time varies by plant. Afterwards, cover the bulbs with soil and then water them in. This helps wake the bulbs up from dormancy and get them growing again.

Now you’re Done!

Just sit back and wait, and in the spring your bulbs will sprout up and reward you with their beautiful blooms throughout the season. Growing flowers from Wayside bulbs really is that easy!

Videos courtesy of the Dig Drop Done Foundation.