£7.50 – £18.00
Fritillaria Rubra. (crown imperial) Fully to frost hardy, perennial. These magnificent plants need a site that is well-drained with half sun and half shade, they can cope with full sun but the flowers last longer with partial shade. Drainage is quite important; the bulbs are made up of fleshy scales which can be prone to rotting if sitting in water. As long as the drainage is right these bulbs are very easy to grow, and will put on a magnificent display, growing to a height of 100 cm during the months of April and May. Crown imperials have been in European gardens as early as 1665. The big bulbs have a strong smell; folklore has it that a garden where Crown Imperials are planted will never be bothered by rodents, including moles.
Bulb Size 24+ (top size)
2 bulbs, 5 bulbs
Plant: September-November. 20 cm deep. Spacing 45 cm. Flowers April-May. Height 90-100 cm.
Hardy. Perennial. Needs full sun or light shade, with well-drained fertile soil. Ideal for the herbaceous or mixed border, can also be grown in large containers. When in growth feed with a slow release fertilizer.
Propagate: By dividing overcrowded clumps in summer, store in a cool dark place and replant in the autumn.