A Fondness for Fritillarias

June 6, 2010

F. stenanthera, one of the earliest frits to bloom, it's an unusual pink color!

Have I told you I’m a collector?  Why have just one when you can have multiples.  Not multiples of the same thing, mind you, but different views of the same idea.

F. pallidiflora, large, yellow, easy to grow.

Or in this case, different varieties of the same flower.  Like Fritillaria.  I love the sweet little flower that comes in many colors and shapes from this interesting bulb.  I even love the name…say it with me….Fritillaria.

F. persica, tall as F. imperialis with small black bells.

I’m attempting to document my collection as each flower blooms (time permitting) and will eventually have photos of each.  Of course, eventually I’ll have every pretty little Fritillaria!

F. assyriaca must have been a favorite one year because it's growing in multiple spots!

I just placed my order with Odyssey Bulbs for F. caucasica, F. nigra, F. whittallii, F. bucharica and F. camschatcensis.  I’ve tried F. camschatcensis many times without success.  So what do I do?

F. acmopetala is very subtle, but large enough it doesn't go unnoticed.

This time I ordered three (three’s a charm) to try each in a different location…I MUST have this beautiful black beauty!  And the price has come down since I first tried it.

F. lanceolata - I think this is the wild Guinea Hen but I have several that are similar.

My day job (I run a full-time  art glass studio) is still preventing me from spending time in the garden, so weeds have overgrown and this blog has become dusty.

I began my collection with the Crown Imperial as the centerpiece of my first bulb bed.

Although I long for the outdoors and tending my plants, I am grateful for the work in our current economy, so will refrain from complaint.

F. sewerzowii? Not sure I have the right name here, anyone know?

Thanks for continuing to stop by!  Until my next post….

F. raddeana, a yellow Crown Imperial

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10 Responses to “A Fondness for Fritillarias”


  1. I had no idea there was so many to choose from – I mean “collect”. 🙂

    Very pretty!!

  2. Barb Says:

    Oh my gosh – they are so pretty! I love them all – especially the orange ones.


  3. Oh, Oh, I love, love, love frits, and I saw several that I just have to have. I will have to look at Odyssey Bulbs, but I am sure they don’t ship to Canada, boo!


  4. Thanks my friends! I don’t know why they wouldn’t ship to Canada, but I also found several other suppliers across the world, most notably in England, I believe. I think Tesa is in Canada & would know where to find some, too!!

  5. keewee Says:

    I see why you have a fondness for this stunning flower. I may have to find some room for some in my garden.

  6. debsgarden Says:

    Your fritillaria collection is amazing! I think I like your acemopetela the best. It has a subtle beauty which is very appealing.

  7. Candace Says:

    Wow, such variety. I love droopy-headed flowers.

  8. Wendy Hudman Says:

    Linda your garden is gorgeous! Just thought I’d fly by. I really love gardening too and haven’t really been able to do much this year so it’s nice to see other pretty flowers.

  9. ellen abbott Says:

    these are so cool.


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