NARGS Plant of the Month

Fritillaria meleagris

Description and General Information:

Fritillaria meleagris, commonly called the checkered lily or snake's-head fritillary,  is a bulbous plant that has narrow leaves and one or two nodding flowers atop 25-40 cm stems. Each flower is about 5 cm in diameter. The tepals are checkered in shades of purple or the flowers may be white. They typically bloom mid-spring. In the wild, it occurs throughout much of Europe, into western Asia, often growing along river plains. While generally disease-free and resistant to...