Fritillaria persica Ivory Bells has blooms of creamy white. The flower stems of the taller fritillarias are also quite a feature of these varieties in this group. This is a form of fritillaria persica and as such will naturalise really well.
Fritillaria persica is a Middle Eastern species of flowering plant in the lily family Liliaceae, native to southern Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Israel. The Latin specific epithet persica means “Persian”, referring to the modern country of Iran.
Fritillaria persica Ivory Bells is a robust bulbous perennial growing 30–60 cm (12–24 in) tall. Each plant may bear up to 30, conical, narrow, bell-shaped flowers, up to 0.75 in (1.9 cm) long, ranging in colour from deep purple to greenish brown.
Prior to 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.
Sunny 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: 2-3 feet (60-90cm)
Flowering Period: April
Aspect: Sunny aspect.
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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