Fritillaria meleagris seed (Checkered Lily)


A charming cottage garden staple. Blooms around the same time as hellebore.  Best along pathways to admire. Can also be grown in pots for the porch.  Dormant by June.

5 in stock


Native to continental Europe, this charming easy to grow Fritillary naturalizes well in many garden settings worldwide. Its unique purple and white checked square shouldered bells have high visual appeal whether along a path or pot by the door. By June, its beige seed heads is the only thing remaining as it enters dormancy.  Flat grassy like foliage.

  • Seed Count: 15-20
  • Collection Date: July 2023
  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Height and Width: 40cm x 15cm
  • Germination test type: hand sort
  • Family: Liliaceae

How to germinate Fritillaria melaegris seed

Make a well draining medium of peat, compost and 1/4 silica sand (20/30 grade is best) by volume. Fill pots or flats. Mist to help adhere seed to medium surface. Place seed 1 seed width apart.  With a seive, shake medium to cover seed 2-3mm. Apply 4mm chicken grit on top.  Mist well. No vigorous watering as this will dislodge seed and mess up your work.  Keep medium moist.  Requires 120 days of cold stratification to germinate.  Germinates at cool temps.  Give strong indirect light.  Seedlings resemble grass, so don’t be tempted to “weed”. Usually the seed capsule clings to the growing seedling tip like a little flag.  Germination can be erratic so don’t be disappointed, the kids will come. Just keep the medium moist never wet.

Additional information

Weight 2 g