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botanical name:
Fritillaria meleagris
Fritillaria meleagris © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Snakeshead Fritillary
family:  Liliaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.30m
width: 0.08m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: bulb/corm
leaf colour: green
flower colour: purple
main season: Spring
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: 0°C
USDA zone: 4 to 8
description:
Spring flowering bulb with narrow lance shaped leaves. Bell-shaped flowers hang downwards and have pinkish-purple or sometimes white petals with prominent chequered markings.

cultivation:
Needs moist, reasonably well drained, fertile humus-rich soil and fairly cool conditions during summer. Grows naturally in damp meadows. Notoriously fussy about conditons but will thrive and increase stongly if suitable.

propagation:
From seed

usage:
Wildflower meadows, borders

other notes:
Native to Britian, but now rare in the wild.
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