This species draws much attention with its striking color and form. Fritillaria imperialis, commonly called crown imperial, is an impressive plant that grows 3-4' tall. This plant, when grown from seeds, produces a bulb that develops a thick, stout, upright, ramrod-straight flowering stem which rises to 4' tall. Lance-shaped green stem leaves (to 6" long) with wavy margins appear in whorls around the lower 1/2 of the stem. Each stem is topped in spring with a crown of orange or red, drooping, bell-shaped flowers topped by a small pineapple-like tuft of leaf-like bracts. Nice addition to whimsical, Seuss garden type flower beds. Best for Zones 3-7.
Other Names: Imperial Fritillary, Kaiser's crown, Kaiserkrone