snake's head fritillary bulbs
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The chequered lanterns, with their snakeskin tessellations, nod above the grass in moist conditions trembling on softly-curved stems in the slightest April squall.
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moisture-retentive soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: April and May
- Flower colour: purple and white
- Other features: narrow, grey-green leaves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 5/6
Pretty, pendent, white and pinkish-purple bells with distinctive checkerboard markings on slender stems in April and May. These delightful snake's head fritillaries are perfect for naturalising in a moist woodland edge or wildflower garden. It's essential to select a site where the soil remains moist in summer.
- Garden care: Plant 12cm (5in) deep from September to November in fertile, well-drained soil, taking care not to damage the fragile bulbs.
- CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs
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Q:Can I grow Fritillaries in my damp lawn?
I have a part of the lawn which is always moist. It gets lots of sun, so could I grow Fritillaries there?Asked on 14/9/2006 by Mrs. J. Rymer-Jones
A:There are a couple of Fritillaria species which will grow in a damp meadow. The best include F. affinis. F. mealeagris F. camschatcensis and F.raddeana.Answered on 15/9/2006 by Crocus
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