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Fritillaria acmopetala grows naturally in pinewoods, fields and stony places up to 7000 ft in Southern Turkey and along the coast to Syria, Lebanon and Cyprus. One flower (very occasionally up to three) is carried on 12" (30cm) to 18" (45cm) stems, with alternating narrow grey green leaves. The top 4" (10cm) of the stem is bare. It is a reasonably large flower with 3 outer petals of pale green alternating with 3 inner ones marked reddish brown, hanging like a bell with the open end reflexed back on itself. The bulb can produce 10 or more bulblets in a season. They should not be disturbed when in growth, as the roots do not re-grow once broken. After leaf growth has died back, if necessary bulbs can be examined for division, but it may take a season or more to flower again.
Fritillaria acmopetala has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit because it has proved to be reliable in appropriate conditions and a good performing plant.
Fritillaria acmopetala bulbs should be planted deeply, with at least 4" (10cm) of soil over the bulb, in well drained soil, adding grit to achieve this in heavier soil. A liquid feed just before flowering should encourage flowering in further years. It will enjoy full sun or light shade, in amongst small shrubs, or on the sunny side of a tree, which will help to keep the soil dry after flowering because they will benefit from a dry dormancy in summer.
Height 12" (30cm)