From left to right: Fritillaria kotschyana, F. biflora Martha Roderick, F. michaelovskyi F. pinardii

For some reason one year F. Kotschyana decided to point it's flower upwards – I will have to see if I can find a more natural pose.

I grew the Californian F. Martha Roderick from seed but unfortunately lost it soon after this photo was taken.

F. michaelovskyi is unfortunately one I struggle with.

Fritillaria pinardii is hugely variable – this is only an example.

Fritillaria hermonis

Fritillaria carica – I managed to build up quite a nice panful of this species but unfortunately it's now declined. I had another plant that never increased and was said to be the brown form. I was never really convinced it wasn't just a form of pinardii.

Fritillaria – I had a fair amount of success with Fritillaria for a decade or so but now it seems that run of good fortune has come to an end, not sure why, I've tried various methods but so far I've yet to return to those halcyon days.


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From left to right: Fritillaria pluriflora, F. purdyi, F. recurva

A trio of Californian species. I got the pluriflora by accident in the 90s, I'd actually ordered something else. I grew it for something like 20 years, the bulb never didvided, I got seed from it once but then lost the seedlings. Then it split into tiny bits and has sulked since.

F.purdyi I grew from seed – it took a while to flower.


F. Recurva I grew from Archibald seed decades ago and now throws up 2 or 3 flowering shoots every year.

Fritillaria whittallii – seems to do well for me – I see it appreciates more shade and that may indicaste that the greenhouse and frames are generally too shady for most of the other species as this one thrives.

Fritillaria crassifolia – I bought this at an RHS show in London from Norman Stevens in the 90s and have had that clone since – it's more yellow and less green and brown than many forms.

From left to right: Fritillaria davisii, F.ehrhartii and F.gracea.

A trio of Greek Frits. I grew davisii and ehrhartii from Archibald seed.

Fritillaria acmopetala (left), this is an easy species I grew from seed that was labelled as something else. I have it in a frame but it's a bit too tall – I'll have to find another location for it.

Fritillaria aurea (right) – lovely plant, flowered once or twice and never again!

Fritillaria tubiformis.

There is some debate as to whether Fritillaria meleagris is a true native in the UK. Below are some pictures from Iffley meadws, a damp meadow beside the Thames on the outskirts of Oxford.

Fritillaria conica (left) and kurdica (right). Conica was one of my favourites and like some other species I build up quite a nice panful but unfortunately it went into decline and I think has now finally expired due to being frozen through this winter.

F. kurdica is variable as can be seen by the two examples here.

Mark Griffiths Inspiring Plants