Checkered Lily (Fritillaria meleagris) in the Fritillarias Database

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 9 to 12 inches
Plant Spread: 6 to 9 inches; self-seeds readily
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Other: Scale bulblet propagation
Pollinators: Self
Bees

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The Top 50 Most Popular Spring Blooming BulbsThe Top 50 Most Popular Spring Blooming Bulbs
By dave on March 28, 2015

We made it! Winter is over and it's springtime! Let's celebrate with a special week dedicated to these beautiful bulbs that brighten our gardens every spring, and we open that week with a look at the most popular of these plants.

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Location: My garden.Date: 2011-05-20
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Location: Willamette Valley OregonDate: 2014-03-28
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Location: My garden.Date: 2011-05-20
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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.Date: 2008-05-05  1:05 pm. Known by some as wild Chocolate Lily, it is a real bea
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: Apr 9, 2009 12:01 PM
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Location: PennsylvaniaDate: 2020-04-19Fritillaria meleagris
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: Apr 15, 2008 11:22 AM
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Location: Seattle WA Date: 2012-12-02Spring bloom in Seattle
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Location: Copenhagen, Denmark, EUDate: 2017-05-06
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Location: My garden, North Central IdahoDate: 5 Oct 2015
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Location: Copenhagen, Denmark, EUDate: 2017-05-06
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Date: 10-25-2018
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: Apr 1, 2011 2:22 PM
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Location: Mackinaw, ILDate: Apr 25, 2011 4:59 PMEarns the name Checkered Lily
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Location: Mackinaw, ILDate: Apr 25, 2011 4:59 PMVery little foliage, which disappears shortly after blooming.
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: Mar 24, 2011 2:35 PM
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: Apr 10, 2007 11:50 AM
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-04-06
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Location: Chelsea Flower Show.Date: 2012-07-03A clump at Chelsea.
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Location: My garden in Gent, BelgiumDate: 2010-06-04
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Location: Seattle WA Date: 2012-04-25A huge clump many years old and very lovely!
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Location: My garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2014-05-03
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Date: 2010-04-18Credit Tony Smith
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Date: 2018-04-26
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-04-06
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Date: 2014-04-13Credit Tony Smith
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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Dec 6, 2011 5:13 PM

I look forward to this shy little flower every spring! It multiplies very slowly, so don't count on it filling in an area very quickly. The foliage is very narrow and barely noticeable, so be careful not to weed them out before they bloom. Very pretty with Sweet William "Sooty" and heuchera "Plum Pudding."

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Plant Events from our members
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aspenhill On September 28, 2014 Obtained plant
ADR - qty 100; X-FIB, X-HSG Area 5, X-SSG
Yorkshirelass On June 3, 2017 Seeds sown
Gathered ripe seed scattered (gorilla gardening in local area)
mscuser73 On September 16, 2017 Obtained plant
OBI Budaörs, 10 db hagyma
MrsBinWY On April 25, 2020 Seeds germinated
6, as of 5-16-20, there are dozens of seedlings. The container has been sitting on the kitchen table where it gets sun from a north window.
MrsBinWY On January 3, 2020 Seeds sown
lots of seeds from Joyce's 2019G in milk jug. Give them a couple weeks of warm, then put them outside. Put container in the fridge 1-25-20.
MrsBinWY On October 23, 2018 Seeds germinated
~15 up. These grew until January 2019 or so, never sent up any true leaves but formed 1/8-1/4" bulbs, then gradually senesced. Left them dry, cool and dormant in the cold sun room. Watered the container 3-22-19. Couldn't figure out how to bring them back out of dormancy.
MrsBinWY On June 19, 2018 Seeds sown
Per https://www.pacificbulbsociety... sowing these in the fridge now so the embryos can complete their development. One pod ripened. ~25 seeds look viable.
KelliW On February 10, 2019 Seeds sown
#37, winter sown seeds from Joolie
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