Fritillaria- Fritillary, Crown Imperial

Bulbous plant which occurs in two entirely different forms, namely the crown imperial and the fritillary.


Crown imperials make striking show plants in the bulb garden; fritillaries will naturalise in damp spots.


Crown imperials in normal, rich, well-drained garden soil; fritillaries definitely require very damp soil.


From seed or from offset bulbs.

Fritillaria imperialis, crown imperial: Height 1 m; yellow or red flowers in mid to late spring; the flowers grow in a circle on top of thick stems. In winter the bulbs require some protection. Plant in early to mid autumn at a depth of 10 cm.

Fritillaria meleagris, fritillary: Height 20-40 cm; bell-shaped nodding flowers in mid to late spring. The original species is purple red with a chequered pattern, but they are now available in a variety of colours. Plant early at a depth of 6 cm.

Fuchsia Growing Guide

Some species are practically winter-hardy and can be planted in sheltered spots in the garden.


In borders, in groups, also as a low hedge. Choose a sunny or partially shaded, but definitely sheltered, position, more or less frost free. A south-facing wall is quite acceptable. As an added precaution the little shrubs may be cut back a little before the onset of winter, after which they can be covered with straw or bracken.


Light, humus-rich, fertile soil, on the damp side.


From cuttings taken in spring.

Fuchsia magellanica: Height 80-150 cm; bright-red flowers in great profusion from mid summer to early autumn. The two types most generally cultivated are ‘Gracilis’, with arching twigs and long, slender flowers; and ‘Riccartonii’, actually a hybrid, also with arching twigs, the flowers being scarlet with purple violet.

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