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 a mix of reddish purple and white flowers; the whites may be checkered or solid. 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.
2021-collected seeds sold out. I hope to collect again in late May 2022. Each packet contains at least 30 seeds. Be aware that they are very thin and papery; that’s normal.
Please read the germination information as well before ordering.