Crown Imperial (Fritillaria imperialis)
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Crown Imperial (Fritillaria imperialis)

One of the most stately and magestic of the spring-flowering bulbs.
  • Highly unusual, stately plant that makes a real impact!
  • Bright orange, striking blooms from April each year.
  • Impressive whorl of leaves on top that looks like a crown.
  • Unique fragrance repels moles, mice and other rodents!
  • Displays get bigger and better every year!

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Pack Of 2 Large Bulbs
Item: 630040
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Also known as Fritillaria imperialis, this stately plant flowers impact-fully from April onwards and is so named because of its whorl of leaves on the top of the blooms that look like a crown. Perfect for early season and tough, hardy colour in mixed borders, or natursalised areas. Very easy to grow. Its unique fragrance repels moles mice and other rodents! Height 1m (3ft).

What Is Supplied

Item 630040 supplied as:
Supplied as a pack of 2 bulbs, ready for planting.
Size: 20/22.

Plant Care Information

RHS Garden Merit
RHS Garden Merit
Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow

Top Tips

  • Plant bulbs on their sides to help to avoid water collecting in their hollow crowns and prevent the bulbs from rotting.
  • Fritillaria plants resent being dig up and moved so for best results plant where they will remain.

Care Information

Planting Advice for Crown Imperial Lilies:

  • Plant 30cm (12in) deep from September to November in fertile, well-drained soil, and keep an eye out for slug and snail damage when the new foliage is emerging in spring.
  • Plants benefit from early morning sun then light shade in the afternoon.
  • Avoid heavy clay or anywhere where water sits.
  • Heavy soil can be improved with the addition of sharp sand or horticultural grit.
  • Add 1cm ( in) of course sand to the planting hole before placing the bulbs pointed end up. 

 

Aftercare Advice for Fritillaria imperialis:

  • When growing fritillaries, it is essential to allow their foliage to die back naturally as this will feed the bulb for the following year.
  • During their dormant period the soil should be kept almost dry to prevent the bulbs from rotting. Begin watering sparingly as the bulbs start back into active growth.
  • After flowering has finished, trim off spent blossoms. The stalks will dry and then can be removed.

 

Trimming Advice for Fritillaries:

  • Leave stems to turn brown before trimming back to the base. This will ensure that nutrients have been returned to the bulb for next season.

 

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
When Your Plant Will Fruit
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
120 cm
50 cm
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