Persian Lily

Fritillaria persica


The Persian Fritillary was introduced into English gardens in the late sixteenth century, but at the time did not capture the same attention as its cousin, the Crown Imperial Lily. This Fritillary’s unusual, deep violet blue flowers are perhaps more appealing to modern tastes. Bernard McMahon, Jefferson’s gardening mentor, listed the Fritillaria persica on his 1810 broadsheet.

This hardy bulb produces a two- to four-foot spike with glossy, blue-green foliage that features showy, bell-shaped, dusky purple flowers in mid-spring.  Plant in a sunny, well-drained site, covering with 6-8 inches of soil. Best if lifted after foliage dies back and kept warm and dry. Replant in autumn.

Growth Type: Annual Color(s): Purple Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8 Location at Monticello: East Front Oval Bed Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it:

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Blooming Dates 2013: Apr 9 – May 72014: Apr 10 – May 10