CROWN IMPERIAL FRITILLARIA IMPERIALIS MAXIMA LUTEA
Dating back to 1590, this statuesque Crown Imperial Fritillaria Imperialis Maxima Lutea has a prominent cluster of up to ten pendant, bell-shaped, vibrant yellow flowers under a showy hat of upright foliage atop a strong, almost pole-like, stem. Lance-shaped foliage adorns the lower portion of the flowering stem. Make sure to appreciate its interior beauty: each flower has green-edged white nectories that look like eyes, and prominent, long, decorative anther-tipped stamen and pistils. Keep in mind that it has a wafting skunky aroma, dare we say fragrance (some say odor): a good thing, because it helps to repel garden marauders.
This deer- and rodent-resistant heirloom doesn't like being out of the soil, so plant the bulbs immediately upon receipt. A bit more finicky than the average bulb, it needs the protection of no more than a 2 inch layer of mulch (applied after the surface of the ground freezes) to protect it from winter temperature spiking in the event of inconsistent snow coverage. Some recommend planting the bulbs sideways so that water does not collect in the stem hole, but water drainage can go sideways underground in the garden too. You’ll need about four bulbs per square foot. (Square footage is determined multiplying the planting site’s length times its width.) Bulb size: 20 cm/up. Full to dappled sunlight. Height: 36”. Bloom time in horticultural zone 5: April/May. Plant 6” to 7” deep and 8” to 10” apart. HZ: 5-8.
Fertilize in the spring with a well-balanced fertilizer when signs of growth appear. Keep the plants well watered during the growth period. It’s best to water at ground level to minimize fungal diseases and flower discoloration. Maintain a layer of mulch to keep the soil cool and maintain moisture, but keep the mulch away from the stems to prevent rot. Lilies prefer “their head in the sun and their feet in the shade.”
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