Crown Imperial Lily

Fritillaria imperialis

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Cultivated by the mid 1700s, the Crown Imperial Lily, with its bell-shaped blossoms pendulosly crowning the top of a three-foot stem, was much sought after, and Jefferson requested samples of this dramatic lily from Bernard McMahon five times before finally receiving three bulbs in 1812. By 1816, Jefferson's plantings at Monticello were strong enough to have shoots forwarded to his retreat home, Poplar Forest.

At Monticello, the orange/red-flowered 'Rubra' and yellow-flowered 'Lutea' varieties both appear.

Growth Type: Bulb Color(s): Yellow, Orange Hardiness Zones: 6 - 9 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.009892,-78.452738

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Blooming Dates 2002: Apr 1 – Apr 152003: Mar 31 – Apr 302005: Apr 5 – May 22006: Mar 31 – Apr 282007: Mar 28 – Apr 252008: Apr 4 – May 22009: Apr 6 – Apr 242010: Apr 1 – Apr 232011: Apr 5 – May 32012: Mar 19 – Apr 92013: Apr 11 – May 72014: Apr 21 – May 7