Please make sure JavaScript is enabled.
 
Snakes Head Fritillary in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Fritillaria meleagris

 

Snake's Head Fritillary

Fritillaries are flowering bulbs, some with grass-like leaves, some with lance-shaped leaves, and nodding bell-shaped flowers, either solitary or in clusters. 'Snake's Head Fritillaries' bear delicate bell-shaped nodding checkered flowers that hang downwards on fine stalks. Colours can be white, maroon or mauve and all have chequered marks. These will happily naturalize in shade, under shrubs or direct sunlight. The leaves are long and thin and grey-green in colour.

 
plant Features
  • Snakes Head Fritillary likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Snakes Head Fritillary likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Snakes Head Fritillary is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Snakes Head Fritillary likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
Available to buy from 3 store(s) in the UK
 
plant information

Common name

Snake's Head Fritillary

Latin name

Fritillaria meleagris

type

Bulb

family

Liliaceae

ph

5.0 - 8.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Snakes Head Fritillary likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Snakes Head Fritillary is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Snakes Head Fritillary likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Snakes Head Fritillary likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

  •  
    Best time to plant
  •  
    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Snakes Head Fritillary is 0.10meters x 0.30meters 0.10 M 0.30 M

Fritillaria meleagris

Fritillaries are flowering bulbs, some with grass-like leaves, some with lance-shaped leaves, and nodding bell-shaped flowers, either solitary or in clusters. 'Snake's Head Fritillaries' bear delicate bell-shaped nodding checkered flowers that hang downwards on fine stalks. Colours can be white, maroon or mauve and all have chequered marks. These will happily naturalize in shade, under shrubs or direct sunlight. The leaves are long and thin and grey-green in colour.


Flowering Season

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Delicate bell shaped single flowers purple chequered in pink appear in spring. The flowers are about an inch and a half long.

 

Planting Season

From Late Summer TO Early Autumn

Plant the delicate bulbs on there sides carefully to four times there depth.

 

Propagation by seed in autumn

From Early Autumn TO Late Autumn

Sow seed under glass in Autumn in damp compost for planting out in Spring. Be warned - the seedlings look like grass when the leaves first appear!

 
Subscribe to GardenTags Premium to get personalised planting tasks and more for your entire plant collection
 
Gardeners who are growing this plant