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This snakeshead fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) in plum and white looks brilliant at the front of a border or naturalised in grass, happier on heavy soils than on dry chalk or sand.
If you want them to get established, you must leave plants to set seed and so do not mow until late June/July. They will then slowly naturalise as they do in the wild.
- Perfect for pollinators
If you miss the boat planting your bulbs in autumn, then buy them ready potted for your chance again to have beautiful spring bulbs to scatter around your house and garden for flowering within a few weeks.
|Variety:||meleagris Plum and White (Snakeshead fritillaries)|
|Soil Type:||Deep, rich soil - can be naturalised in grass but make sure you don't cut the foliage until June/July||Site:||Full Sun or partial shade||Height:||15-20cm (6-8in)||Spacing:||Plant 8-10cm deep,10-15 cm apart.||Hardiness:||Hardy||Care tips:||Avoid disturbance and never cut them right down because they may stop flowering. Top dress annually with manure.||Flowers:||❀ April - May||For the vase:||I love these mixed with tulips, their only downside is their faint foxy smell but I hardly notice it.|