(36”-48” tall) Persian Lily (Fritillaria persica) is an elegant favorite that’s been in garden cultivation for many years. The bulbs emerge as gray-green stems covered in lance-shaped, slightly twisted foliage. In mid-spring they develop blossoms at the top third of the stem. Stems can contain anywhere from 7 to 30 nodding plum-purple bells that contrast perfectly with the gray foliage below. A well-drained sunny spot is a must for this Middle Eastern native as it is prone to rot if kept too wet – particularly over the winter. However, some afternoon shade is welcome if planted in very hot areas of the country. Rich soil is also recommended. Plant bulbs 8” deep and space 9” apart. Fritillaries often give off a musky scent on a sunny day – probably one of the reasons they are so deer resistant. Robust and vigorous – a great garden bulb for the adventurous gardener!
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Glaucous, lance-shaped gray-green leaves.
4 per sq. ft.
Plant 8" deep. Plant bulb at a 45 degree angle so that water doesn't sit in the stem hole of the bulb.
Mid to late spring
Multiplies / Naturalizes, Good For Cut Flowers, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Loamy Soil, Well-Drained Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
|Item Package Size|
Bag of 1
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
|Poisonous or Toxic to Animals|
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada|