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Fritillaria meleagris var. unicolor subvar. alba AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Spring

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

white-flowered snake's head fritillary

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

Fritillaria meleagris var. unicolor subvar. alba is a bulbous perennial to 30cm, with linear-lanceolate, grey-green leaves. Solitary or paired, nodding, bell-shaped flowers 3-4cm in length are white and open in spring

Synonym(s)

  • Fritillaria meleagris alba
  • Fritillaria meleagris 'Alba'

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

Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance, Rock Garden, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Wildflower meadow


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Susceptible to damage by slugs and lily beetle

Diseases

Generally disease free