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All about Fritillaria acmopetala

This very special variety is a perfect example of how exquisite natural fritillaries can be. The subtle details of Fritillaria acmopetala include humbug-like markings in contrasting shades of pale green and maroon, elegant, slender arching stems and nodding bell-shaped flowers with elegant curled back pointed petals. In fact, this particular variety is commonly known as Pointed Petal Fritillary due to its unique flower form.

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All about Fritillaria persica ‘Ivory Bells’

Tall plants like Fritillaria persica ‘Ivory Bells’ are not only beautiful, but they’re also incredibly useful for bringing colour and interest at a height, bringing a real sense of fullness to any planting scheme. Even if space in your garden is limited, you can grow wonderfully impressive fritillaries like this. These upright plants make a fantastic impact when grown in big groups in borders, but taking up very little foot-room, they’re also handy for filling spaces in narrow borders or small gardens.

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The Lordly 'Crown Imperial' or 'Fritillaria imperialis' - Some Truly Epic History

The very name 'Crown Imperial' conjures up pomp and pageantry. Indeed, this regal plant is among the first ornamental species to be cultivated by humankind. We take a journey across the centuries to uncover the interesting history of these fascinating plants. From Turkey and Kashmir to Europe The Fritillaria or Crown Imperial originated in the middle east, and there it may have remained were it not for Carolus Clusius and his collection of beautiful and unusual plants. Midway through the 16th century, Clusius planted the first Crown Imperial bulbs in his Hortus botanicus gardens at Leiden. Today, these gardens are maintained by Leiden University, and as one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, they are well worth a...

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