Fritillaria michailovskyi AGM is a member of this very popular group. The flowers are a maroon purple with yellow segments. They prefer the damp, shadier areas of the garden that do not dry out. Michailovskyi is native to mountainous areas of northeastern Turkey.
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. This variety has been awarded a garden merit (AGM) by the RHS because it is a very interesting and easy to grow variety.
Before planting cultivate the soil to a depth of 30cm and ensure soils are well drained and do not dry out in the summer. 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 the 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: 9 inches (22cm)
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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