Fritillaria meleagris

snake's head fritillary bulbs

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20 + 10 FREE bulbs £11.97 £7.98
available to order from autumn
10 bulbs £3.99
available to order from autumn
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Fritillaria meleagris snake's head fritillary bulbs: Nodding multi-coloured flowers

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: humus-rich, moisture-retentive soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • 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 bulbs (ideally on their sides) 20cm 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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Notes on Fritillaria meleagris

"The chequered lanterns, with their snakeskin tessellations, nod above the grass in moist conditions trembling on softly-curved stems in the slightest April squall."

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I just bought some more!


Iconic spring flowers that multiply up in right conditions

Oxford Gardener



I would probably buy again.


Planted the bulbs at correct depth in great soil, part shade next to a pond. Slightly disappointed by size and vigour of the plants, will see how they grow this coming year.




A real good buy


Planted in a pot on the patio

Grannie gardener



Lovely, but small


These plants are so interesting. But also so small. The blooms were really too small to fully appreciate their beauty. I've seen larger fritillaria, so unsure whether this is a smaller strain, or it didn't like the soil & positioning. In any case, they are so small that multiple bulbs are needed for impact, so I've ordered many more.




simply beautiful


we should all have fritillaries in the lawn.




I would buy this product again.


Removed a deceased fig tree disturbing the fritillaria in the process, replanted the ones dug out and put new ones in with them. Not flowered yet too early.


Conisbrough Yorkshire


Unique, Wee Flowers


Very pretty crimson and cream checker-board patterned blooms which are droopy at the neck. Something different for the garden. Lovely. Very happy with these delicate plants.

California transplant

Fife, Scotland


May improve with time


Can only hope the bulbs' performance improves next year





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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?

Mrs. J. Rymer-Jones

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.


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