P. A bulbous plant of the lily family, one species of which is Fritillaria meleagris, with chequered lilac flowers. This looks well in a rockery, being of drooping habit. The stately member of the family is F. imperialis (crown imperial), growing to 3—4 ft. high and bearing hanging clusters of bell-like flowers. There are several varieties of this species, with flowers ranging from pale yellow to deep orange and fine red and gold-striped foliage. All are quite hardy and will grow in deep loam, F. meleagris preferring moist ground. Plant in autumn. Increase by division, lifting in autumn and re-planting immediately in fresh soil.

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