Snakeshead Fritillaria much more than just a sinister little flower

Glory of the Garden
Snakeshead Fritillaria photo courtesy of iGrowHort.

Chequer board patterns in deep crimson make this unusual spring flowering bulb quiet a novelty when discovered growing in damp shade often amongst daffodils, crocus and wild early spring flowers. Famously quoted by Garden designer and plantswomen Vita Sackville-West as a sinister little flower in the mournful colour of decay.

Snakeshead Fritallaria photo courtesy of Photobucket
Snakeshead Fritallaria photo courtesy of Photobucket
Snakeshead Fritallaria photo courtesy of iGrowHort.

Personally I adore snakes head Fritallary, they are a welcome addition in any garden I have ever managed and I am keen to encourage other gardeners to plant Fritillaria.

So what do you think? Will you be adding Fritillaria to a damp shady corner of your  own garden.


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