From Turkey, Fritillaria pinardii is a widespread and very variable species. Here are a couple of the more extreme colour forms.
53.69° N, Dedicated to West Coast Fritillaria, plus three other members of the subgenus Liliorhiza. I grow other Genera, as time permits !
Perhaps one of the concerns with growing such a variable species as F. pinardii from seed, is the length of time before you know what form you have. This potful is flowering from wild collected seed, five years after sowing. If, like me, you like all of the forms then I suppose it doesn't matter . If you're hoping for one of the 'more exotic' looking forms then I suppose it can be disappointing !
You have some real gems, Ron!
No signs of germination here except F. meleagris. They have also sprouted in the garden.
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
Agree with you Trond, some fine frits being shown. Still in the deep throws of a seemingly never-ending winter here, was 14 F (-10 C) snowing furiously with 20-30 mph gusts of winds.Even colder nighttime temperatures are on the way.
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hope things start to warm up soon for you both. We are experiencing a very mild end to the winter here. 55F ( approx 13c ) here today. Each morning though we are having thick fog and very heavy dew. The plants appear to really like it.
From China Fritillaria thunbergii. We have these growing around the garden in various aspects and environments. It's a very hardy plant and like all of the Chinese species, needs some moisture all year round. These are by far the most advanced of our plants, growing under a beech and hawthorn hedge, South facing.
From the Zagros Mountains in Iran, Fritillaria reuteri.
I, too, enjoy the Fritillaria entourage, Ron. You grow them so well, and it is nice to see photos of all the different species from the same grower that will have a better chance of uniform level of care. I think it helps for comparison purposes.
The last one, F. reuteri, almost has the shape of a scilla, with just basal leaves. Are there other Frits that do that?
Rick Rodich zone 4a. Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
There are a couple of low down stem leaves too, just not visible as such in this picture. An excellent image of the structure of F. reuteri can be seen here -
I don't think there are any Fritillaria with just "Scilla like basal leaves", ( I stand to be corrected ). Some do sometimes appear to be structured so, for example the F. liliacea shown in reply #46 by Tony Willis can appear to just have basal leaves early on in its life, and some such as F. glauca and F. biflora ( April / May ) also come very close. All of these do have low down stem leaves eventually though, as the plant matures.
Fritillaria carica from seed collected near to Fethiye, Turkey. This one is more green colored in the flower than many forms of this very variable species. Some are bright yellow, others show some brown. This one is also a very short form, growing no more than 3" high.
Fritillaria crassifolia grown from seed.
These plants were grown in pure cat litter using the method shown by Wisley. It has proved very successful for me.