Fritillaria meleagris [AGM] - Snake's head fritillary, Chequered Daffodil

Image of Fritillaria meleagris [AGM] - Snake's head fritillary, Chequered Daffodil
Image of Fritillaria meleagris [AGM] - Snake's head fritillary, Chequered Daffodil
Image of Fritillaria meleagris [AGM] - Snake's head fritillary, Chequered Daffodil
Image of Fritillaria meleagris [AGM] - Snake's head fritillary, Chequered Daffodil
Image of Fritillaria meleagris [AGM] - Snake's head fritillary, Chequered Daffodil
Image of Fritillaria meleagris [AGM] - Snake's head fritillary, Chequered Daffodil
Alternate Image of Fritillaria meleagris [AGM] - Snake's head fritillary, Chequered Daffodil
Alternate Image of Fritillaria meleagris [AGM] - Snake's head fritillary, Chequered Daffodil
Alternate Image of Fritillaria meleagris [AGM] - Snake's head fritillary, Chequered Daffodil
Alternate Image of Fritillaria meleagris [AGM] - Snake's head fritillary, Chequered Daffodil
Alternate Image of Fritillaria meleagris [AGM] - Snake's head fritillary, Chequered Daffodil
Alternate Image of Fritillaria meleagris [AGM] - Snake's head fritillary, Chequered Daffodil
  • AGM

  • Flowers attract bees

  • Plant for a clay soil

  • Plant for a damp soil

  • Summer dormant

  • Will self seed

Beautiful nodding heads of bell-shaped flowers appear in spring. Two colour variations exist - one in various shades of pinkish purple which have a distinctive checkerboard pattern and secondly a luminous white form which has a very feint check pattern, like a watermark.

Prefers a moist soil in sun or a drier soil in partial shade. Natives of water meadows they make superb candidates for a bog garden where they will gently self-seed to form small colonies. An extremely hardy variety. Summer dormant.

Height: 8 - 12 inches / 20 - 30cm

AGM: The RHS Award of Garden Merit. Plants awarded an AGM are:

  • excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • available
  • of good constitution
  • essentially stable in form and colour
  • reasonably resistant to pests and diseases

Lynne's notes:

One of my favourite fritillarias. The flowers are so distinctive and the checkerboard pattern seems such an unreal sight that I always have to tell myself that it's natural. A real favourite in our bog garden and a variety I wouldn't be without just as long as I can provide the right conditions.

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