Fritillaria imperialis/Crown imperial, Kaiser's Crown

Fritillaria imperialis / Fritillaria imperialis
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Bedding plants in full bloom

Patch of frilillarias blooming with tulips in Holland

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Orange flowers in front of yellow narcissi

Fritillari blooming with tulips and grape hyacinths

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Scientific Name: Fritillaria imperialis
Common Name: Crown imperial, Kaiser's Crown
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow, Orange
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: This is a bulb best adapted for the cooler parts of the country. Tall stalks of foliage are toped by bands of closely packed downward turned flowers and a "Crown" of leaves complete the floral stalk. Plant in full sunlight and well drained soil, preferably raised beds. This flower is widely planted in the Netherlands and blooms about the same time as tulips and hyacinths. Bulbs are often planted on their sides so that water does not collect in the top of the bulb and cause rot to the bulbs. It is reported that after flowering plants give off a terrible odor that repel rodents that would normally destroy the bulbs.