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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.

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Growth Type: 
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Location at Monticello: 
East Front Oval Bed
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
April 9, 2013 to May 7, 2013April 10, 2014 to May 10, 2014April 8, 2015 to May 8, 2015March 22, 2016 to May 6, 2016March 21, 2017 to April 26, 2017March 30, 2018 to April 25, 2018March 29, 2019 to April 24, 2019


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