Fritillaria meleagris (Chequered Lily)
Common names: Chequered Lily
Flower color: purple or white
Flowering period: April - May
Average plant height: 10 inches
Planting depth to base of bulb: 4 inches
Spacing between bulbs: 2 inches
Type of bulb: true bulb
Light requirements: full sun to partial shade
Landscape uses: borders, rock gardens, lawns, under trees and shrubs, and perennial beds
Fritillaria meleagris does not much resemble F. imperialis. This species is native to Europe where its bulbs usually grow in very moist locations.
For better growing conditions, soil can be improved by adding upgraded black peat. The best results are achieved when the plants are not disturbed. To provide an ideal situation, sphagnum peat can be introduced between the plants. Doing so allows the seeds to germinate as well. These fritillaries are usually sold as mixed colors but certain specialists offer cultivars. The white cultivar known as 'Alba' is especially lovely.