Fritillaria meleagris is the snakes head lily, which makes a great naturaliser. Can be grown in moist meadow areas and works very well by ponds. Fritillaria is a genus of Eurasian, North African, and North American plants in the lily family but has adapted to the UK very well. Fritillaries often have nodding, bell- or cup-shaped flowers, and the majority are spring-flowering.
Fritillarias are quite an extensive group of varieties and are pretty easy to grow. They will naturalise extremely well and as such are ideal for many areas of the garden that are left to naturalise.
Before planting cultivate the soil to a depth of 30cm and ensure soils are well drained and do not dry out in the summer. Plant in well-drained, humus rich soild and they can be left undisturbed for a number of years. Add some grit or organic matter to the soil to help aid drainage.
Semi shaded areas of the garden ideally not in direct sunlight. They are ideal for planting amongst herbaceous plants or low shrubs. Once they have finished flowering allow teh stems to die back and remove debris. In general plant the bulbs twice their height deep.
Feed regularly during the growing season with high potash and phosphate foods such as bone meal or tomato food.
Flowering Height: 12 inches (30cm)
Flowering Period: April
Aspect: Semi shaded woodland area.
Soil type: Free draining light, humus rich soils with added organic matter if possible.
Planting Depth: Approximately 3-4 inches below soil surface.
Planting distance: 10-15cms (8-12″)
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