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Snake’s Head Fritillaria

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Snake’s Head Fritillaria

Fritillaria meleagris

Pointed buds open to maroon (occasionally white), bell-shaped blooms. Snake’s Head looks like a wildflower and is best used as such — in a meadow, under trees, around shrubs. Happiest in part shade and evenly moist soil.
Deer Resistant

Note: Snake’s Head is resistant to deer, but rodents such as voles and gophers may eat the bulbs.

Item # 6039
Height 10—12 inches
Sunlight Part (3-4 hours sun per day)
Soil Evenly moist
Flower Color Maroon and White
Bulb Size 6cm+
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Bulb size is determined by the circumference around the largest part of the bulb. Colorblends only delivers top size bulbs. Large bulbs produce more or larger flowers than small bulbs.
USDA Zones 4a—7b
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Hardy in USDA zones 4a to 7b in the South or 9b on the West Coast. Prechill in zones 7b and warmer in the South, Southwest, and California.
Bloom Time Early-Mid
Bloom times are relative within the spring bulb season, which varies from place to place and year to year. They are intended to help you plan a sequence of bloom from Very Early season to Very Late season. About two weeks separate Early from Mid and Mid from Late. The start and duration of bloom is heavily dependent on the weather. Warm temperatures speed up growth and flowering; cold temperatures slow them down.
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Planting Instructions

Best in partial shade (will tolerate full sun in northern regions) and evenly moist soil. This fritillaria can be planted in rough grassy areas, where it looks very natural. Just be sure you wait to mow until the foliage has yellowed.

Depth of Planting Hole 4 inches
Spacing 3 inches apart

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