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Fritillaria imperialis lutea is a very good garden plant with up to 6 bell-shaped flowers hanging from a top knot of leaves that tip the stem. It has clear yellow flowers about 2" (5cm) long with a faint green veining inside with lush broad leaves held erect on a paler stem. The Crown Imperial Lily has been grown in cultivation in Europe since the 16th century when it was introduced from Turkey. It grows naturally from Turkey to Pakistan on cliffs, rocky slopes and among scrub. Pollinating insects including bees are attracted to them. The bulb and young leaves have a strong foxy smell.
Fritillaria imperialis lutea bulbs should be planted 8" (20cm) deep in rich soil, which has had fertiliser added. As they grow so fast and need to rapidly replenish that effort, they would benefit from an annual liquid feed of potash rich fertiliser (low in nitrogen) when in growth, a proprietary brand for tomato plants would be suitable. The bulbs should not be disturbed unless they flower poorly, when they should again be replanted 8" (20cm) deep. They need a dry position in the summer.
Height 36" (90cm)