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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.

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: 
2013 Apr 9 to 2013 May 72014 Apr 10 to 2014 May 102015 Apr 8 to 2015 May 82016 Mar 22 to 2016 May 62017 Mar 21 to 2017 Apr 262018 Mar 30 to 2018 Apr 25
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