30x Snake's head fritillary Fritillaria meleagris purple-white

Fritillaria meleagris

30x Snake's head fritillary Fritillaria meleagris purple-white

Fritillaria meleagris
Chequered pattern in the garden
It looks just like snake skin. The snake's head fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) has a unique chequered pattern. The white and purple flowers will bring magnificent colour to your garden. The snake's head fritillary is ideal for naturalising to create a beautiful carpet of flowers. Plant the bulbs in the spring. In well-drained soil. The flowers bloom in the spring.
The bulbs can be planted in open ground or in a pot. Potted bulbs aren't frost hardy, so bring the pot indoors or protect the plant with bubble wrap. Space the bulbs out when planting in open ground. The distance between plants is three times the width of the bulb. Plant the bulb the depth of three times the bulb's height. Plant the bulbs in full sun or partial shade. Water the bulb immediately after planting. Don't water it until the soil feels dry to the touch. The bulbs come in organic packaging. Made of 100% natural materials and 100% recyclable!
All our flower bulbs have the Holland Selection A quality mark, and come with a 100% guarantee that they will grow and bloom. You can be certain that the flower bulbs will grow.

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30x Snake's head fritillary Fritillaria meleagris purple-white
30x Snake's head fritillary Fritillaria meleagris purple-white
30x Snake's head fritillary Fritillaria meleagris purple-white
How we measure

We measure the diameter of the bulb. A bigger bulb contains more food for longer flowering and a stronger plant.

Bulb circumference: 6 - 8 cm
Color: Purple,White
Delivery type: Supplied as bulb or tuber
Edible: No
Flowering: April - May
Cutting flowers: No
Grafted: No
Green stayer: No
Growing Height: 20 - 30 cm
Guarantee: 1 year growth and flowering guarantee
Hardy plants: Yes
Latin name: Fritillaria meleagris
Leafs all year: No
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Naturalizing: Yes
Planting depth: 8 - 10 cm
Planting distance: 10 - 15 cm
Scented: Not Scented
Self polinating: No

As soon as possible after receiving the Fritillaria Meleagris bulbs they can be planted in the garden, a flower pot or in a planter. If not they must be kept in a frost-free area. Bulbs planted in a flower pot are not usually frost resistant. Plant the bulbs in a planting hole 8 to 10 cm deep and approximately 5 cm apart. Loosen the soil well and plant the bulbs with the point facing upwards. Refill the planting hole and avoid walking over the soil. Plant the bulbs one by one with a small trowel. For larger groups make a wider hole and plant more bulbs in it. The more flower bulbs planted, the greater effect the flowers will give. Fritillaria grows best in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Keep the soil moist as they do not like the soil too dry.

Leaving Fritillaria meleagris to naturalise

Fritillary can still be found in woodlands and wet pastures. This small bulbous plant is ideal for naturalising in the garden. You only have to plant once and each year from one single plant there will be many more flowers. Choosing the correct site for growing fritillaria is important, preferably a fertile, moist, well-drained soil. For a natural effect, scatter the bulbs over the planting area and plant them where they fall. The fritillaria is also a lovely plant grown in a pot and once they have flowered they can be planted in the garden.


Fritillaria meleagris can remain in the same place for many years with very little maintenance required. Once the fritillaries mature they can self-seed and multiply. If growing fritillaries in the lawn you can only mow in the spring after the leaves have turned yellow. To protect the bulbs grown in a pot against frost, place the pot in a frost-free area or cover it with bubble wrap. Water in dry periods.


Fritillaria meleagris originates from Europe. The unique striking chequered patterned flower resembles a snake's skin and attracts a lot of attention. The nodding bell-shaped flowers with their chequered pattern look almost as if they have been painted. The pattern is not so noticeable with the white. They provide a striking contrast when planted alongside the purple variety. The first flowers appear on slender stems in April and flowers through May. The flowering period is followed by the attractive seed pods.


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