16 responses to “Fritillaria meleagris”

  1. J

    WILD! Never knew such a flowe existed….until now. Cheers!

  2. SIU

    liiiiiiinda!

  3. Daniel Mosquin

    For those who don’t speak Portuguese, SIU is exclaiming “Beautiful!”

  4. Scott McGillivray

    I too am enamoured with you….(the flower)…

  5. Tammy

    I love checker lilies! They are tricky around here but i felt triumphant that i now have a couple that return each year to delight me with their blooms come spring.

  6. Janet A.

    What wonderfully different flowers! They almost look like they are made of fabric. “Checker lily” is an apt name, Tammy. Thanks for posting this photo, Daniel!

  7. Susanne

    Yes, gewoehnliche Schachblume means common chess (as in the game)flower.

  8. Rick

    Awesome lily, awesome color, awesome pattern. Does anyone know where you can obtain the bulbs?

  9. Carol

    I have this little beauty in my garden, but the flowers are not as colorful as the ones in the photograph. Perhaps it is a soil related thing. I adore Fritillarias in general for their unusual coloring and flower forms. The Holland Bulb company used to carry several different varieties, but I don’t have access to my catalogs at this computer. F. meleagris is offered more commonly than any other Fritillarias, except possibly for what is commonly called the crown imperial. I used to have a Frit that I believe was F. persica, which grew three feet high and had a flower stalk of lovely two tone bells, but it perished in one of our Pennsylvania winters, along with some other plants that were borderline hardy here. I don’y post very often but I love this site and appreciate all the work and attention that goes into it. Kudos

  10. elizabeth a airhart

    what a pretty gem thank you
    the botanical illustration is lovely
    i enjoy going on the web looking
    for the old illustrations
    perdue in the states has a nice collection

  11. briano

    I remember seeing hundreds of them in a “water meadow” close to the River Thames in England about 40 years ago. An unforgettable sight. A water meadow was managed for hay production with grazing only after the hay was cut in June/July (after the fritillaries had flowered and seeded. It was called a water meadow as it was allowed to flood each winter, with the river mud the only fertilizer it received. The fields adjacent were drained, fertilized and seeded with ryegrass…and just green…so sad and such a contrast to the beautiful meadow.
    Ciao
    BrianO

  12. ria

    pls let me know flowers for each month
    thank you

  13. R. Armistead

    A question about the surface of the flower. Is there a structure that gives rise to the checks? Or is the petal surface an even cell structure? What causes the alternating light and dark areas? It is remarkable for a flower! I tried to search for it but I have not found anything.
    Thank you.

  14. R. Armistead

    This Fritillaria affinis that was shown May 1, 2008 is instructive in the closeness of the pictures.
    http://botanyphoto.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/2008/05/fritillaria-affinis/

  15. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    Ahhhh! Gorgeous colour, beautiful photo!
    Reminds me of raspberries — I could almost eat them!
    It seems I’m not the only one — I have a couple of checkered lilies in my Toronto garden, but they tend to get trampled or eaten by squirrels and/or raccoons.

  16. Rowena Baillie

    Please advise where I may purchase some Fritillaria meleagris bulbs.
    I live in South Africa and so would have to import them. Perhaps they are available here in South Africa but I have no idea where to look.

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