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Fritillaria Imperialis
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Enjoy another very special release of our Signature Series with this rare and extremely beautiful Spring flowering bulb.

The “Holy Grail” of bulb collectors; these bulbs are only ever seen for sale by boutique bulb nurseries as they can be difficult to grow and tricky to look after. Prized for it’s rarity and beauty, our grower has been building up stock of this treasure for many years and he finally has enough to release a commercial quantity to us.

Fritillaria Imperialis (Fritillaria imperialis) are also known as Crown Imperial or Imperial Fritillary. These beautiful flowers are native to Turkey, Iran and Pakistan where the harsh environment has helped to create this majestic and truly unique flower. With a single stem and foliage similar to a Lilium, Fritillaria Imperialis grow to a statuesque height of up to 1 m tall and shows off a cluster of impressive downward facing bells topped with a perfect whorl of foliage looking all the world like a crown. Whilst the flower is not classified as being fragrant, the whole plant does emit a musky odour. This is said to make it unattractive to critters that might want to eat it and it does not detract from the overall beauty of this plant.

Dormant bulbs are fleshy with a very small basal plate, and will usually have a hole in the top (or even all the way through), where the previous season’s growth and flower came from.
Fritillaria Imperialis are very prone to rot so they require perfect drainage and dry conditions until plants begin to emerge. Plant bulbs sideways about 10- 15 cm deep into a well fertilised soil in Autumn, and ensure this is a sheltered, fairly dry position until foliage begins to emerge in late Winter/ early Spring. Once foliage has emerged, plants need a sunny position with regular watering, but ensure soil does not become too wet. Fertilise with a bulb food when flowers are beginning to initiate.
After flowering and once the stems are completely dried off, carefully dig up and clean the soil from the bulbs and store covered in a cool dry position until planting time. (It is said that if you can grow a Tulip or Hyacinth, you can grow a Fritillaria Imperialis- they just need better drainage and no fridge chilling time.)


  • Handle very carefully as the bulb is easily damaged and will rot if dropped and bruised.
  • Store the bulb in a cool dry position until planting time. Keep packaging and shredded paper around it as these bulbs will perish if they dry out.
  • Plant in Autumn once the weather has properly cooled down.
  • For extra drainage, a layer of gravel or coarse sand can be set down underneath the bulb, however, ensure bulbs do not sit directly on the gravel as this could cause damage to the fragile bulb.
  • Fritillaria imperialis can be grown in a pot. Select a large pot and ensure an open potting mix for Bulbs is used. Once again, a layer of gravel or coarse sand can be used underneath the bulb to improve drainage.

Supplied as a dormant bulb.

“My Signature Collection represents some of the outstanding products I have experienced during my life as a gardener and running the family business. As I reach a milestone in life, and my children join the company as the fourth generation, I hear myself imparting stories of life as a nurseryman. I relate to generations of growers before me, some whom have passed, some whom are retiring and some like me that have spent a large portion of life engaged in the passion of plants. Plants that are either rare or very hard to find’ old world varieties or new releases, or simply plants that come with a unique story or history.” David Van Berkel- Owner and Managing Director of Garden Express.

  • Frost tolerant once established
  • Suitable for areas with full sun
  • Ideal in pots or containers
  • Plant 20cm apart
  • Grows to 50cm-1m high
  • Spring
  • Ideal Growing Regions:
  • Cool
  • Temperate
  • Arid
  • Semi-arid
  • View growing regions on the Climate Map

Availability: OUT OF STOCK/OUT OF SEASON! Available to order until sold out.


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Establish which coloured region you live in and then consider the varieties listed as typically suited to that area. The Australian Climate Guide map is intended as a guide only as climatic conditions vary between specific locations. Factors such as local altitude, wind and the proximity of hills, mountains and bodies of water can cause variations from the generalised climate map. Note also that although a plant may be listed as suitable for a particular region, it may still require protection from extremes such as frost or strong winds. You should also consider its requirements for sun, shade and water.

Remember that you can often extend the range of plants that you can grow by creating micro-climates within your garden. Planting under trees, beside brick walls or in the shelter of a building, on high or low points in the garden can all have an effect. Even planting by a pond or surrounded by rocks can be used to advantage. Part of the joy of gardening can be experimenting and nothing is more pleasing that achieving success with a plant that is not usually seen in your area.

The map is based on Australian Bureau of Meteorology 30 year climatology data from 1961-1990. The zones are based on both temperature and humidity:

  • Tropical – hot humid summer .
  • Mild Tropical – warm humid summer
  • Semi-arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
  • Arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
  • Temperate – warm summer, cool winter
  • Cool – mild-warm summer, cool winter