Persian Lily

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Persian Lily is an exciting heirloom bulb to try in your landscape, with its stately purple flowering spikes that drip with up to thirty nodding bells per stem in mid-spring. Grey-green lanceolate foliage clothes the bottom third of the stems that can reach up to 4’ tall in time. Deer resistant. Full sun. (Fritillaria persica)
Zones 4 - 8
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Good For Cut Flowers
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height 36-48" tall
Bulb Spacing4 per sq. ft.
Bloom TimeMid to late spring
Item Package 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) 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!
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Common Name
Persian Lily
Botanical Name
Fritillaria Persica
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Glaucous, lance-shaped gray-green leaves.
Mature Height
36-48" 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
Multiplies / Naturalizes, Good For Cut Flowers, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
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
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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