The fritillarias have nodding, bell shaped flowers. Some species grow 3 to 4 feet tall others are 6 to 8 inches tall. Divide dormant bulbs in autumn and replant immediately. The bulbs produce offshoots which can be used for propagation.

Most take sun to partial shade, depending on which is grown. The preferred soil is well drained loam but any good garden soil will do. A winter mulch is suggested. Remove faded flowers to prevent seed formation.

Plant the bulbs 4 to 5 inches deep and 6 inches apart. Angle the bulb slightly sideways to keep water from collecting in the depression at the top of the bulb.

As long as the fritillarias are rated as hardy for your particular climate zone, they should need no special winter care. Leave them in the ground and enjoy them the next spring.

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.


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