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Fritillaria meleagris

Fritillaria meleagris
guinea-hen fritillary; checkered lily
Common name guinea-hen fritillary; checkered lily
Family liliaceae
Life cycle perennial bulb
Flowers burgundy or cream (mid-spring)
Size 12"
Light sun-part shade

Best known in their intricately burgundy-checkered form, we also grow the plain white 'Alba' variety. The bell-shaped fflowers appear on slender stalks rapidly from out of nowhere, in the second half of April for us. The effect is short-lived, but the bulbs stick around year after year.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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