Crown Imperial XL Pack orange-red

Fritillaria imperialis

Crown Imperial XL Pack orange-red

Fritillaria imperialis
The Crown Imperial (Fritillaria Imperialis) is definitely a most regal plant with sturdy stems and an unusually shaped crown. The large, bell-shaped flowers, topped with a tuft of spiky leaves are borne on sturdy stems. The smell of the bulbs scares off rodents.
Bulb size: Diameter 20+ cm.
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Crown Imperial XL Pack orange-red
Crown Imperial XL Pack orange-red
Crown Imperial XL Pack orange-red
Latin name: Fritillaria imperialis
Delivery type: Supplied as bulb or tuber
Guarantee: 1 year growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Orange,Red
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Green stayer: No
Leafs all year: No
Hardy plants: No
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Naturalizing: Yes
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: Yes
Flowering: April - May
Growing Height: 80 - 100 cm
Planting distance: 20 - 25 cm
Planting depth: 20 - 25 cm
Bulb circumference: 20 cm

As soon as possible after receiving the Fritillaria Imperialis 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 large bulbs about 15 to 25 cm deep which is about three times as deep as the bulb. For example a bulb of 5 cm should be planted in a 15 cm deep hole. The planting distance is about 30 cm. 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 Fritillaria imperialis bulbs one by one with a trowel or a special bulb planter. For larger groups make a wider hole and plant more bulbs in it.

Imperial Crown in the garden

Fritillaria imperialis is one of the largest bulbous plants around and this imposing plant can reach a height of more than 1 metre! Planted in large groups, Fritillaria imperialis will create a dazzling display in the spring garden. They also look beautiful if you combine them with Tulipa ‘Mickey Mouse’ or with the Rembrandt tulip mix. A box hedged border filled with this combination create a dramatic effect in the spring garden. Also, the combination with spring sunflower (Doronicum) is very successful.


The Fritillaria imperialis flowers are at their best in the first year. That’s why we recommend each year adding new and extra bulbs to make your borders and pots even more colourful. Fritillaria imperialis are moisture-loving plants by nature and grow best in fertile, well-drained soil in an area in full sun. Even when the foliage looks untidy it is best left to die down naturally and this will direct the energy back into the bulbs for the following year. Water more frequently during dry periods. Protect the bulbs from severe frost by covering the ground with a layer of leaves or straw.

Crown Imperials after flowering

Even after flowering, fritillaries are still particularly decorative? The impressive seed heads remain on the plant for a long time. Perfect for using in dried flower bouquets etc., especially if after drying them you give them a spray of hair lacquer.


Fritillaria Imperialis is a majestic spring bloomer with orange/red flowers. There are actually two coronets at the top of the stems. A coronet with downward facing flowers and above that a coronet of thin narrow leaves. Together they form an excellent crown. Also the stems have coronet-shaped leaves at the bottom. The Crown Imperial bulbs give off a strong odour that keeps moles and voles at a safe distance. This handsome bulbous plant has been in gardens since 1867.


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