Fritillaria imperialis ‘Lutea’ is part of the Liliaceae family of plants. It is a bulbous perennial. It is clump-forming plant. They commonly call it the Crown Imperial ‘Lutea’, Imperial Fritilliary or Kaiser’s Crown. Fritillaria imperialis ‘Lutea’ grows to about 90cm or 3ft tall. But most of the height is due to its erect stems bearing flowers. Fritillaria Imperialis is native to a region stretching from Anatolian plateau to the Himalayan.
It produces whorls of glossy green leaves, that are lance-shaped. Fritillaria imperialis ‘Lutea’ flowers in late spring or early summer. The flowers are bright yellow and bell-shaped. They grow on erect, tall stems, face downwards, and crowned by leaf-like bracts on the top.
How to grow Fritillaria imperialis ‘Lutea’:
Grow Fritillaria imperialis ‘Lutea’ in the sun or partial shade. Use humus-rich, fertile, but well-drained soil. Plant the bulbs about four times their depth, or about 20cm or 8in deep.
The bulbs are fragile so handle them with care. It prefers cooler summer. Propagate Fritillaria imperialis ‘Lutea’ by division and offsets in late summer after flowers are done. It is generally disease-free, but watch out for lily beetle or slugs.