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Fritillaria imperialis 'Maxima Lutea' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Pale Green in Autumn and Summer

Fruit

Pale Green in Autumn and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

crown imperial 'Maxima Lutea'

Family

Liliaceae


Fritillaria are bulbous herbaceous perennials with lance-shaped or linear leaves and nodding bell-shaped or bowl-shaped flowers that may be solitary or in racemes or umbels

'Maxima Lutea' is a bulbous perennial to 1.5m in height, the erect stems bearing whorls of narrow pale green leaves, and with 2-5 nodding, bell-shaped bright yellow flowers 5cm in length borne in a terminal cluster in early summer

Synonym(s)

  • Fritillaria imperialis 'Lutea Maxima'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grows well in most fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soils and prefers cool, moist summers. Handle the fragile bulbs carefully and plant at four times own depth

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame in autumn. Needs exposure to winter cold for germination in spring. Propagate by division of offsets in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Susceptible to damage by slugs and lily beetle

Diseases

Generally disease free