FRITILLARIA AURORA (ORANGE) BULBS (CROWN IMPERIAL LILY)
Already Potted In 1 Litre Round Pots With Growth, Root And Shoot Development. The Main Picture Is A Stock Photo Only And Shows How The Plant Will Look When The Plant Is Fully Mature. Amount Of Bulbs Per Pot Varies Depending On The Type/Size Of Bulb, But Rest Assured The Pots Are Full. Each Pot Makes A Lovely Display And Can Be Either Left In Pots Or Taken Out And Used To Add Colour To Larger Containers, Or Borders.
Crown Imperial Aurora is one of the largest and most distinctive Fritillarias; it is a bulbous, spring flowering perennial. The narrow, twisting, glossy leaves emerge in whorls in spring and are soon followed by a thick, glossy, rapidly rising flower stalk that produces at its tip a ring of up to eight drooping bell-shaped orange flowers. Above this crown of flowers is a cluster of pointed upright leaf-like bracts, resembling a spiky crest.
Crown Imperial Aurora has received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (agm) which is for plants of outstanding excellence.
At the base of each bulb is a ring of dark shiny spots. These are the nectaries. Many ledgends have been associated with this, notably that it was the one that would not bow its head as Jesus past to Calvary and ever after bowed its head with unshed tears which are represented by the nectaries.
The Crown Imperial Lily has been grown in cultivation in Europe since the 16th century, when it was introduced from Turkey. It grows naturally from Turkey through Persia to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kashmir, on cliffs, rocky slopes and among scrub. A large clump of these stately plants is an imposing sight and quite undemanding once the bulbs are established and makes an eye-catching speciman in mixed borders. Bees love them. The bulb and young leaves have a strong foxy smell.
Plant 8” deep in fertile well-drained soil and full sun. Efficient drainage is essential and on the heaviest soils, it’s a good idea to plant the bulbs sideways in a bed of gravel.