FRITILLARIA MELEAGRIS ALBA Checkered Lily
Fritillaria meleagris alba Checkered Lily are commonly known as the Guinea Hen Flower, the Checkered Lily or the Snake’s Head Fritillary, F. meleagris alba is the white only selection out of F. meleagris, an heirloom species dating back to 1575. It has pendant, bell-shaped, green-veined ivory-white flowers with grass-like foliage intermittently spaced on its slender stems. This deer- and rodent-resistant naturalizer is native to the western Himalayas and Asia Minor, and prefers rich, well-draining neutral pH soil and a bit of light shade or dappled sunlight.
Fritillaria meleagris alba Checkered Lily should be planted as soon as possible. Ideally in the Spring but can be planted up until the Autumn.Find a location with full sun or partial shade with well-drained soil.The tulip Dutch iris bulbs eye of the tiger can tolerate most soil types, Acidic or Alkaline.Arrange the Lilies in an odd-number grouping.
Mature plantings can grow taller than its usual 8” height. You’ll need about nine bulbs per square foot. (Square footage is determined multiplying the planting site’s length times its width.)
Plant the bulbs with 4-6" of soil above them.
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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