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Fritillaria meleagris

Pronunciation: Frit-il-ar-ee-uh mel-ee-uh-gris
Family: Lythraceae
Common Name: Chequered lily, guinea, hen flower, snakeshead lily
Plant Type:
  • bulb, tuber, corm
Height to: 12"
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • -30 to -40ºF ZONE 3
  • -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
Sun Exposure:
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • mid spring
  • late spring
Bloom Description: Bell shaped, purple to pink or white with a bold purple/pink checkering
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: S. England, w. Russia, n. Balkans
Notes for Identification: This bulbous perennial is native to s. England, w. Russia, n. Balkanscare: plant bulb 2-3"?. This is one of the most tolerant species. Needs fertile, well drained soil and full sun, try to keep from rain when dormant. Source: the american horticultural society a-z encyclopedia of garden plants
Seed photo: 1
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