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common name: Fox's Grape, Assyrian Frits
synonyms: Fritillaria assyriaca
purple & green
poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
Bulbous perennial with erect, narrow lance-shaped, grey-green leaves. Pendant, bell-shaped flowers in mid to late spring, of dusky greenish-purple with yellow rims and covered by a greyish bloom.
Needs a very free draining, moderately fertile soil in full sun or part shade. Dislikes very wet conditions, particularly in winter. Fairly easy to grow and may naturalise well in suitable conditions.
Plant bulbs about 5 to 9cm deep.
By seed or bulb offsets.
Good for naturalising in a rock garden or similar location.
Native to Turkey, Iran and Iraq.
pronounced: frit-il-AR-ee-uh OO-vuh VUL-pis
Opinions differ as to whether Fritillaria assyriaca is a real synonym, or just used incorrectly as they may be a true species of this name.