Fritillaria imperialis is part of the Liliaceae family of plants. It is a bulbous perennial. Fritillaria imperialis is native from Anatolian plateau to Iran to India and Himalayas. The name “imperialis” means of the emperor and refers to the crown shape of the flowers. They also call it Crown Imperial, Imperial Fritillary, or Kaiser’s Crown.
Fritillaria imperialis grows about 1m or 3ft tall. The leaves are glossy and lance-shaped. The flowers are orange. They grow on a whorl of tall stem. They face downward with a crown of green leaves. Fritillaria imperialis flowers in late spring. It’s fragrance repels mice and moles and protects the plants.
How to grow Fritillaria imperialis:
Grow Fritillaria imperialis in the sun or light shade. Plant it in rich, loamy, well-drained soil. Locate them where they can remain undisturbed for many years.
Plant the bulbs deep, about 1ft or 30cm deep. Because of the way the stems grow from the bulb you can place them on the side therefore less chance of bulb rot. Propagate Fritillaria imperialis from seed or division. They are generally disease-free. Watch out for lily beetle, slugs, and snails.