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
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Other: Scale bulblet propagation
Pollinators: Self

Common names
  • Snake's Head Fritillary
  • Checkered Lily
  • Checkered Fritillary
  • Guinea-Hen Flower
  • Toad Lily
  • Snakehead Fritillary
  • Snake Lily
  • Leper Lily

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  • Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Dec 6, 2011 5:13 PM concerning plant:
    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."
Plant Events from our members
aspenhill On April 6, 2017 Obtained plant
Brent and Becky's Bulbs - qty 30; SYSBB
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 July 17, 2021 Transplanted
On 7-17-2021, put all the dormant bulbs in the back rain garden to east of Hellebores. There were far more bulbs than I expected there would be. Some were as large as small marbles.
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. They lived in a south-facing window all summer and gradually senesced. Put the container in the fridge 11-8-20. Plan to bring it back to room temperature in early January. Took out of fridge on 1-11-21 and set in south window with awning by sewing table. New growth emerging from the tiny bulbs on 1-19-21.
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
LyraLu On November 6, 2021 Miscellaneous Event
Planted 15
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