The Imperial Fritillary is a very original and ornamental bulb flower.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Fritillaria imperialis
Family : Liliaceae
Type: Spring bulb
Height : 20 to 100 cm
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Ground : 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 flower in the spring.
The fritillary bulbs are preferably planted in September October at about 10 cm minimum depth.
But remember that 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 plant is perennial will bloom again from one year to the next.
- Prefer a rich and well-drained soil because the fritillary fears stagnant water
- An addition of organic matter (bulb fertilizer) at the planting is recommended
- The fritillary likes sunny situations
- Find our tips for planting bulbs
In order to prolong its lifespan and to keep flowers bright and numerous, regenerate the bulbs every 2 to 3 years.
- Multiply it for that by bulb division in the fall, when the foliage is completely wilted.
Maintenance of the fritillary
The fritillary needs a rich soil that's why it will take fertilize the soil if you see that your plant is losing vigor.
Side watering, it is only necessary in the event of prolonged drought, but since flowering takes place in spring, this operation is exceptional in our latitudes.
Fritillary after flowering
The foliage should not be cut until it is completely wilted. It is 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 from frost
To know about the fritillary
Remarkable flowers recognizable by their very long stem bearing falling bells yellow, red or white depending on the variety.
Fritillaries also have the particularity of keep rodents away, can also be because the bulbs have a very bad smell.
- You will be delighted by this original perennial.
- Plant it in clumps in small groups which will give height to your beds!
- Among the most interesting varieties is the Imperial Fritillary or Fritillaria imperialis.
For taller stems, don't hesitate to put a stake so that they don't bend, especially if you live in a windy area!