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Fritillaria raddeana


Fritillaria raddeana is a more delicate and subtle-looking species related the crown imperial with white flowers.

Fritillaria raddeana is a more delicate and subtle-looking species related to the better known crown imperial (Fritillaria imperialis). Like its cousin it is a dramatic yet structurally peculiar species. Vertical stems to 2-3 feet tall are covered in whorls of lance-shaped leaves on their lower halves, then naked for the top half before culminating in a tuft of leafy green bracts from which hang pendulous bell-like, white to greenish bell-shaped flowers. Plant bulbs on their sides to avoid water accumulation within the bulb cavity - yes, the bulbs are strange too! Mass plantings make an incredible display.

Common Name: Crown Imperial - [Spring B&B Pre-Order]

Family: Liliaceae (The Lily Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-9

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 2-4'

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour: Black

Fragrance: No



Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Cliffs, rocky slopes and amongst scrub from 1000-3000 metres in Turkey and on humus rich soils, usually in gullies, from 1800-2600 metres in Kashmir.


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Southwest Asia and Asia Minor

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