Fritillary: the guinea fowl egg!

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Imperial Fritillaria is a very original and ornamental bulb flower.

In summary, what you need to know:

Name : Fritillaria imperialis
FamilyLiliaceae
Type: Spring bulb

Height
: 20 to 100 cm
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Soil : Ordinary, well-drained Flowering : April to June

Fritillaries have a large number of species but all bloom in the spring.

Its inflorescence is spectacular and adapts very well to our climates. Its early flowering makes it one of the first to bloom in spring.

Planting fritillaria

The bulbs of fritillaries are preferably planted in September-October at a minimum depth of about 10 cm.

But we will remember that the planting is done at about 3 times the height of the bulb, which is why it varies between 10 and 20 cm deep . Provide a spacing of 40 cm between each bulb .

This perennial plant will bloom again from one year to another.

  • Prefer a rich and well-drained soil because the fritillary fears stagnant water
  • Adding organic matter (fertilizer for bulbs) at planting is recommended
  • The fritillary likes sunny situations
  • Find our tips for planting bulbs

In order to prolong its lifespan and keep bright and numerous flowers, regenerate the bulbs every 2 to 3 years.

  • Multiply it for this by dividing the bulbs in the fall, when the foliage has completely withered.

Care of the fritillary

Fritillaria needs rich soil , which is why you will need to fertilize the soil if you see that your plant is losing vigor.

On the watering side , it is only necessary in the event of prolonged drought but flowering takes place in the spring, this operation is exceptional in our latitudes.

Fritillaria after flowering

Foliage should not be cut until it has completely faded. It is in fact when the leaves turn yellow that the plant builds up its reserves for the next flowering.

  • Cut flush before winter and mulch with dried leaves to protect against frost

All you need to know about fritillaria

Remarkable flowers recognizable by their very long stem bearing drooping yellow, red or white bells depending on the variety.

Fritillaries also have the particularity of keeping rodents away , perhaps also because the bulbs have a very bad smell.

  • You will be delighted by this original perennial plant.
  • Plant it in beds in small groups which will give height to your beds!
  • Among the most interesting varieties, we find the imperial fritillaria or fritillaria imperialis.

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