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Persian Lily

SKU: AM017659
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Now shipping to zones 2-10.
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)
key features
Botanical Name
Fritillaria Persica
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Naturalizes, Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
36-48" tall
Bloom Time
Mid to late spring


(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!