Fritillaria persicaDusky plum-purple slender 2-3" bell-shaped flowers on tall spikes, look sort of like a dark foxglove. Bright silvery-green foliage. Light sweet smell, unlike some other fritillaries, but still unattractive to deer. Also called Persian Lily.
Handsome in groups, but as the attractive flowers can be difficult to see against a dark background, plant them among yellow, pink or white tulips or other light-colored plants, or in front of a light-colored wall or building.
Native to southern Turkey, western Iran, Iraq, Israel and Jordan. In Zone 5, needs protection to overwinter.
24–40" tall. Mid Spring blooms, Z5-8. 20cm/up bulbs.
6614 Persian Bells
Novelties and Specialties
The Royal General Bulbgrowers Association in Holland (Koninklijke Algemeene Vereeniging voor Bloembollencultuur, or KAVB) puts this large group of diverse flowers into a boring catch-all category: Miscellaneous Bulbs. The expensive catalogs call them specialty or accent bulbs; some call them minor or dwarf bulbs (even though some of the fritillaries are huge!); Louise Beebe Wilder covered most of them in her 1936 classic Adventures with Hardy Bulbs. Whatever you call them, most are uncommonly sweet, delicate, colorful, and completely welcome in spring.