Guinea Hen Flower - Pack of 20

Guinea Hen Flower - Pack of 20

Checkered Heirloom Blooms!

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Here's a Fritillary like no other! Known as the Checkered Lily or even the Snake's Head Lily, Fritillaria meleagris is a unique spring bloomer you will want to show off front and center in your sunny bulb garden!

We like its common name of Guinea Hen Flower, because these nodding bell-shaped blooms really do resemble the checkered feathers of a guinea fowl. Plump and rounded, they are 2 to 3 inches long and wide, very showy on slender 12- to 15-inch stems. The narrow, grassy foliage of this plant stays low, making the flowers stand out even more!

Expect the blooms to begin in mid-spring and to continue for 4 weeks or more, sometimes aging to a lighter shade or even whitening as they dry out. (They're too pretty to deadhead!) If you want more Guinea Hen Flowers in the seasons to come, let the blooms age and wither right on the plant -- they will drop seeds that happily self-sow with no assistance from you! What a great companion to Daffodils -- a naturalizing bulb that opens with the late Daffodils and carries the garden through Tulip season, too!

Guinea Hen Flower offers spots of white, yellow, or sometimes rosy red against the darker burgundy background. Very unusual, the blooms are great for cutting as well as garden enjoyment. Just give them sunshine and plenty of moisture, and they will thrive for years!

Cultivated in gardens beginning in the 16th Century in Europe, this beautiful member of the lily family is native to the water meadows and damp grasslands of northwest Europe and west Asia. It loves moist soil and doesn't mind a touch of bogginess, though good soil drainage is best.

Set the button-shaped bulbs about 3 inches deep into the soil, spacing them a couple inches apart. (It will take several seasons for them to self-sow new plants, so you will probably want to plant these first bulbs close together. You can always space them further apart later!) Very easy to grow, they need no maintenance and are quite cold-hardy. Zones 3-8.