Ivory Bells Persian Lily

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Ivory Bells Persian Lily is a hard-to-find selection of this well-known purple heirloom bulb. The gray-green twisted foliage is identical to that of the purple species, but the nodding bell-shaped flowers held on the top third of the stems are a beautiful ivory-green. Grow with purple Persian lily for a fabulous combination in the garden! Deer resistant. (Fritillaria persica ‘Ivory Bells’)
Zones 4 - 8
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Good For Cut Flowers
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size24-36" tall
Bulb Spacing4 per sq. ft.
Bloom TimeMid to late spring
SizeBag of 1

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
(36”-48” tall) Ivory Bells Persian Lily (Fritillaria persica ‘Ivory Bells’) is a selection of the original purple Persian lily species native to rocky slopes in parts of the Middle East. Like the purple form, ‘Ivory Bells’ emerges in early to mid-spring as tall stems clothed in gray-green alternate leaves. That sturdy foliage is beautiful in its own right, but by mid-spring it has erupted with 7-30 nodding ivory bells with a greenish cast – stunning! A well-draining spot is essential for success, as ‘Ivory Bells’ can succumb to rot if kept too wet. Plant in a well-drained soil that is rich in organic material in full sun to partial shade. Afternoon shade is appreciated in areas with a very hot summer. Fritillaries often give off a mild musky scent when the sun warms them, which may have much to do with their excellent deer resistance. Plant bulbs 8” deep and space 9” apart.
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Common Name
Ivory Bells Persian Lily
Botanical Name
Fritillaria Persica Ivory Bells
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Glaucous, lance-shaped gray-green leaves.
Mature Height
24-36" tall
Bulb Spacing
4 per sq. ft.
Bulb Size
20-24 cm
Planting Depth
Plant 8" deep. Plant bulb at a 45 degree angle so that water doesn't sit in the stem hole of the bulb.
Bloom Time
Mid to late spring
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Good For Cut Flowers, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Well-Drained Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Item Package Size
Bag of 1
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Planting Time
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Item Unit
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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