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Fritillaria imperialis 'lutea maxima'

Pronunciation: Frit-il-ar-ee-uh im-peer-ee-al-is
Family: Liliaceae
Common Name: Crown imperial, kaiser's crown
Cultivar: 'lutea maxima'
Plant Type:
  • bulb, tuber, corm
Height to: 12"
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • -20 to -30ºF ZONE 4
  • -10 to -20ºF ZONE 5
  • 0 to -10ºF ZONE 6
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
  • 30 to 20ºF ZONE 9
Sun Exposure:
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • late spring
Bloom Description: Bell shaped, pendant, yellow
Soil Type: See notes
Pests and Diseases: Rust and leaf spots
Propagation: Sow seed in autumn, expose to winter cold until germination in spring. Small species should be grown for 2 years in containers. Divide offsets, or collect and sow "rice-grain" bulblets in late summer.
Native to: Southern turkey to kashmir
Notes for Identification: A bulbous perennial that is native from southern turkey to kashmir bulbs have a distinctive skunk smell. Hardiest of the yellow cultivars. Care: plant bulbs 10-12". This species is pretty robust but hates rainfall when it is dormant. Needs sharply drained soil and full sun. Source: the american horticultural society a-z encyclopedia of garden plants
Seed photo: 0
Seed Label: 0
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