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Fritillaria persica

This is a perennial plant which grows from a large bulb and originates from southern Turkey. As suggested by its country of origin, it prefers a hot sunny site and fertile well drained soil.

It bears fleshy upright stems to a height of about between 30 cm and 90 cm. The stems are surrounded by alternate lance shaped grey green lance shaped leaves and each stem bears up to 30 conical flowers of a rusty, dusky maroon colour. The flowers have a fresh spring scent, akin to a mix between the scents of freshly cut grass and wallflowers, although it can also sometimes smell musky.

Although the bulbs are frost hardy, good drainage and full sun are essential to ensure winter survival. As with many other things, I find it does best in my garden when grown in a pot.

Copyright A Walsh 2002-2007