Fritillaria 'Red Beauty'
Fritillaria 'Red Beauty'
Fritillaria 'Red Beauty'
Fritillaria 'Red Beauty'

Fritillaria 'Red Beauty'

"Crown imperial"

Fritillaria 'Red Beauty'

1 bulb — £5.95

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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 2023

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

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Description

Let Fritillaria 'Red Beauty' fill your flowerbeds with spicy spring colour! There’s no doubt that crown imperials have a fearless enthusiasm, rocketing skywards in spring to form impressively large and exotic-looking plants with the minimum of fuss. Chunky, strong, purple stems are topped with a generous cluster of fiery red lamp-like pendulous blooms, on top of which is a fancy forelock of zesty green leaves. Fritillaria imperialis 'Red Beauty' is flamboyant, classy and fascinating—it’s amazing to think that a plant like this can burst out of one easy-to-grow bulb!

Whilst Fritillaria 'Red Beauty' does look a quite tropical, it is hardy and the bulbs will be perfectly fine tucked up in the soil outdoors over winter. Their outlandish appearance rarely fails to impress—flowering around March/April, Fritillaria imperialis are without a doubt among the most high-impact spring bulbs. Being tall, they’ll tower over surrounding tulips, hyacinths and daffodils, adding another dimension to your planting scheme.

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 'Red Beauty'

  • Flower colour

    Red

  • 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 'Red 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 'Red 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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