Monches Farm, LLC
5890 Monches Road
Colgate, Wisconsin
phone: 262-966-2787

Fritillaria meleagris
Blooming Today (April 4, 2012):
Fritillaria meleagris (Checkered Lily)

Fritillaria meleagris is a fascinating flower. Aptly named Checkered Lily, its hanging bells sport a unique checkered pattern. Most frequently the checkering is deep burgundy & white but there is also a white form which, upon close inspection, also bears the namesake pattern. This is a dainty plant, standing just 8"-12" tall, but  its somber coloring and unique pattern make it a focal point in the spring garden.  It is blooming now in this early spring of 2012 but ordinarily blooms late April into May. Checkered Lily has been grown as a garden plant for centuries and is documented in gardens as early the 1570's. Native to northern Europe, it is now endangered in the wild due to habitat loss. It is, thankfully,  well established as a treasured garden plant so cultivated populations will continue to thrive. Fritillaria is best sited in partial shade. Shortly after flowering the foliage will die down and disappear into summer dormancy.  It is hardy to zone 4.

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