Fritillaria Persica Ivory Bells has dainty greenish white nodding flowers, hanging in sprays of ten to thirty bell like flowers from the one metre stems. These stems emerging from the fans of spear shaped glaucous leaves at the base.
An unusual and particularly beautiful form of Fritillaria Persica, which is native to Western Asia and the Middle East, this is a bulb which likes to be planted approximately 15 to 20cm deep in well drained, fertile soil. They grow extremely well in either full sun or part shade, but a partly shaded situation will allow the flowers to last longer.
Good drainage is particularly important for Fritillaria persica Ivory Bells as the bulbs are made up of fleshy scales and do not take well to being waterlogged or planted in boggy soil. Given the right drainage however, these are extremely easy bulbs to grow, giving a fantastic display during April and May.
Also known as the Persian Lily, Fritillaria persica Ivory Bells looks particularly stunning when planted as a contrast to the smokey purple flowers of the species form of Fritillaria persica. It also looks superb when planted against a backdrop of purple leaved shrubs such as Cotinus coggyria Royal Purple – why not have a look at the garden shrubs section of our website for a wide variety of possible companions for this lovely bulb.
Only recently brought into cultivation, Ivory Bells was developed from a seedling of the cultivar Fritillaria persica ‘Adiyaman’ which appeared in a garden in Latvia. Given the middle eastern origin of the species in the region around Turkey and Israel, this gives an indication of it’s robust nature and ability to bring beauty to gardens all over the world.
Further information on Fritillaria persica Ivory Bells
If you are particularly interested in growing fritillaries, then you might be interested to read the articles from the fritillary group, a special interest group within the Alpine Garden Society http://www.fritillaria.org.uk