Fritillaria 'Orange Beauty'
Fritillaria 'Orange Beauty'
Fritillaria 'Orange Beauty'
Fritillaria 'Orange Beauty'
Fritillaria 'Orange Beauty'

Fritillaria 'Orange Beauty'

"Crown imperial"

Fritillaria 'Orange Beauty'

1 bulb — £4.95

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Description

There are many forms of fritillary, and Fritillaria imperialis is bar far the most theatrical species. And, of the many forms, one of the newestand most impressiveis Fritillaria imperialis 'Orange Beauty'! Its chunky stems are stained copper-brown, and also under the enormous spring flowerheads. These flowers are rich, intense, burnt orange to brick-red. The bells are downward-facing, and in the centre of each flower are long, powdery cream stamens. It is a strong plant, with shiny green foliage and punk-like topknot of leafy bracts, both of which catch and reflect the light. It flowers a little earlier than Fritillaria imperialis 'Rubra'.  

Plant your bulbs in autumn, around 25cm deep, in well-drained soil, and then just leave them. They will happily naturalise in sun or part shade. Incidentally, a mass planting of them will provide an impact of tropical colour that is bound to give your neighbours something to talk about! 

Unusual and exotic looking, and originally from Turkey, Fritillaria imperialis (more commonly known as Crown Imperials) make excellent cut flowers tooand 'Orange Beauty' is no different.

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Fritillaria imperialis 'Orange Beauty'

  • Flower colour

    Orange

  • Bulb size

    20/+

  • Established height

    70cm-1m

  • Established spread

    20-30cm

  • Plant spacing

    16 bulbs per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun, Partial shade, Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Cottage gardens
    Cut flower gardens
    Large containers
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Loam-based compost
    Multipurpose compost
    Sandy

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Plant your Fritillaria 'Orange Beauty' bulbs from mid to late autumn;

    • Plant in borders or containers in sun or partial shade;

    • Plant your "Crown imperial" bulbs two to three times as deep as the bulb is high;

    • Space the bulbs about twice the bulb diameter apart;

    • Place the Fritillaria 'Orange Beauty' bulbs with the pointed side facing upwards.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2024
    You can expect your order in September 2024

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
    You can expect your order in October 2024

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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