Fritillaria Bulbs

What a flower! Well suited for woodland planting or those shadier areas, Fritillaria bulbs are easy to naturalise areas forming clumps over time. The Snake's Head Fritillary is a well known popular variety appearing in wild areas across the country. If you are after something more unusual take a look at our larger ornamental varieties such as the Maxima Lutea Imperialis Fritillaria.

 

Like everything we supply here at Boston Seeds, we pride ourselves on supplying professional quality - and for flower bulbs, that means BIG! Our bigger bulbs produce bigger, better and bolder flowers. Choose from our exciting range of varieties - Aurora Imperialis Fritillaria Bulbs, old favourites, garden classics as well as striking new lines for 2022.

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BS Snake's Head Fritillary Bulbs (Fritillaria meleagris)

Pretty, pendent, maroon/purple tulip-shaped bells on slender stems emerge in April and May. These delightful wildflowers were once widespread throughout the UK. They are perfect for naturalising in a moist woodland edge, or wildflower garden. It's essential to select a site where the soil remains moist in spring. 

  • Flowers: April-May
  • Bulb size: 5/6cm
  • These are non UK native bulbs 
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Alba Fritillaria Meleagris Bulbs

Delightful nodding white blooms, the Alba fritillaria are well suited for woodland planting or shaded areas. Over time they will form clumps and will sway in the spring breeze on their tall stems.

  • Height (cm): 25cm
  • Bulb Size (cm): 6/7cm
  • Blooms: April/May

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Bulb Planter

Making bulb planting easier, quicker and cleaner, our bulb planter is the ideal tool for helping you plant your spring-flowering bulbs.

  • Made of high quality steel
  • Automatic release on handle
  • Duroplast coating - impact, elastic, abrasion, and corrosion - resistant
  • Depth Scale

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Bulb Planting Essentials Pack

Our bulb planting essentials pack has been put together for the ease of ensuring quick planting and a great display. The bulb planter will help you plant the bulbs with ease whilst the fibre will ensure the bulbs do not rot when planted into pots or containers. Using the bulb fertiliser will ensure your bulbs have all the nutrients they need whilst establishing.

  • 1 x Bulb Fibre
  • 1 x Bulb Planter
  • 1 x Bulb Fertiliser

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Bulb Fertiliser
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Bulb Fertiliser

Now reduced by over 50%!

Our flowering bulb fertiliser has been specifically designed to help your spring-flowering bulbs flower to their full potential. Whether you are establishing in pots or containers, sprinkle a small amount into each hole prior to planting your bulbs. Also suitable for use in early spring to encourage your bulbs to flower well in the following season.

  • Tailored to give your bulbs all the nutrients they need
  • Can be mixed with compost or Bulb Fibre
  • NPK - 12.11.18 + MgO
  • Recommended coverage: 5kg per 200sqm. Apply at 25g/sqm
  • Not suitable for use with Wildflower Bulbs

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Fritillaria: How to grow them (and why!)

Sometimes known as ‘chequered daffodil’, ‘chequered lilyor ‘drooping tulip’, Fritillary flowers are just as pretty as the best-known springtime flowers, with extra unique shapes and patterned petals that are sure to draw attention! They grow on thin, drooping stems with rounded flower heads like a bowl or a bell - a shape that’s awfully good for framing beds, borders, and even ponds or other water features.

 

Fun Facts

This flower happens to share a name with a species of American butterfly. It’s a fairly funny coincidence, but not one without an explanation; the name is derived from the Latin word ‘fritillus’, meaning ‘dice box’. An odd selection for naming, but strangely fitting when one considers both the speckled black-and-orange pattern on the butterflies and the snake-head fritillary’s checkerboard pattern.

 

 

How to Grow

Fritillaries are flowers that best grow in well-drained soil, but are capable of tolerating more moisture than other flowers. Similarly, they’re not particularly picky on whether they grow in full sun or partial shade. In either case, they’re best planted in autumn, often in individual pots until they have enough strength to be moved into the garden in later months. Exposure to a little cold is important for encouraging growth in fritillaria, so keep them outdoors in winter or make your own winter by storing them in the refrigerator!

 

Species & Styles

By far the most popular type of fritillary is the ‘snake’s-head fritillary’ due to its unique white-and-magenta-chequered petals that are evocative of a picnic blanket! However, it’s not the only fritillary with a unique pattern: the Fritillaria affinis, also known as the chocolate lily, is an American-native variant with deep red petals mottled with green. It thrives better in drier, sandy soil than other fritillaries. The ‘Fox’s Grape Fritillary’ shares a similar wine-like colouration, but with solid yellow tips, giving it a more stately, elegant beauty that’s best appreciated as a stand-alone display in a pot, or a large naturalised cluster. Its shape also works well with tulips, narcissus and hyacinths in bright shades!

Fritillaria imperialis, on the other hand, is a vastly different species from all other fritillaries that require special care. For a start, it grows a whopping metre tall (compared to the small-to-medium height around 30cm you’d get from most other fritillaries), and grows an upright, dark stem crowned by spiky, glossy foliage and a cluster of drooping bell-shaped flowers in a warm orange or gold. This majestic flower requires to be buried deep in the ground (around 1 foot or 30cm deep), and should have a well-drained bed in the sun. They look particularly good in a gravel bed!