Fritillary, Fritillaria, Michael's Flower

Fritillaria michailovskyi

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fritillaria (frit-il-AR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: michailovskyi



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer





Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Washington, Illinois

Columbus, North Carolina

Dayton, Ohio

Malvern, Pennsylvania

Warwick, Rhode Island

Seattle, Washington

Vancouver, Washington (2 reports)

Canvas, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 10, 2011, moosewood from Dewitt, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

My garden is in Lansing, Michigan. I successfully grew this plant a few years ago. It is (or recently was) available thru at least two sources not given above:
Arrowhead Alpines (this is the nursery my Frits came from). A very good reference for Frits is "Bulbs" by Phillips and Rix ( Random House, 1989).
In general, I have found most "species" Frits easy to grow, but hard to site, not due to any requirements of the plant, but due to their tiny sizes. Since many of the species plants are 8" tall (or less!), it can be hard to place them so as to be easily observed.


On Nov 7, 2011, mondon from Kalamazoo, MI wrote:

I stick small groups of these all through my garden. I have a passion for all types of Fritillaria and have several. I bought lots of new ones from Scheeper's Bulbs.


On Jun 8, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

This is my favorite lithophyte (bulb/corm/tuber/rhizome) of all time.

A variable creature as far as color arrangement goes, it has a pendant, long lasting flower (1-6 per stem) that can be chequered or edged to varying degrees with gold on dark red, with a blueish sheen. Flowers are large in proportion to the plant, which consists of only a flower stalk with ascending, thin leaves. Division is decent; not fast nor slow. Self-seeds somewhat freely. Drying out between waterings is good (to prevent rot) but not necessarily required; some reports show a tolerance for summer moisture. Standing water is not acceptable; drainage is still important.