Fritillaria meleagris (Checkered Lily) [30 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-sowers only, because they have an extended germination period and require a good bit of patience. I have not started Fritillaria meleagris seeds myself; I just let my plants self-sow. Based on a literature search, I recommend planting the seeds as soon as you get them, from midsummer through mid-fall, sowing in a pot on top of moist growing medium and covering them with a thin layer of sand or grit. Set the pot outside so the seeds can get a few months of chilling and germinate when conditions are right.

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Checkered lily (Fritillaria meleagris), also known as guinea-hen lily and snake’s-head fritillary, is a spring-blooming bulb with slender green leaves and slender, upright stems to about 1 foot tall, topped with nodding blooms. It’s lovely in shaded or woodland gardens, flowering around the same time as hybrid Lenten roses (Helleborus x hybridus). This seed is likely to produce some plants with checkered, reddish purple flowers and some with solid white flowers. The plants produce seed and then go dormant in early summer. If you let the seeds drop, or scatter them in new spots, you can end up with nice patches after several years. Zones 3 or 4 to 9.

I collected these in mid-June 2020. Each packet contains at least 30 seeds. Be aware that they are very thin and papery.

Please read the germination information as well before ordering.

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