Persian Fritillary

Fritillaria persica

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



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


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Maroon (Purple-Brown)


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)

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Soquel, California

Chicago, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Farmersburg, Indiana

Lowell, Michigan

Sparks, Nevada

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Chester, New York

New York City, New York

Dayton, Ohio

Malvern, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Fairfax, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Shoreline, Washington

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 22, 2008, cacTYEpete9 from Chester, NY wrote:

I finally found out today (4/22/08, Earth Day) what this plant was. I have had it for for 4 years, and it has bloomed every year I have had it. This year was the most prolific with 5 stalks of Maroon/Brown flowers and two stalks of white flowers. It is always the 1st plant to bloom in my garden....


On Jul 2, 2006, Corgi_Lily from Lowell, MI wrote:

My 4 year old bulbs have bloomed every year but this one, and I am in zone 5. They are in a mostly shaded, sandy loam spot on a slope. The stems have always leaned to the sun, so I may move them.. if I can find them. So far, no critter problems- but they are very near tasty hosta; a deer favorite. In late May I was at Mackinac Island, considerably farther north than I and there was a stunning clump of these in a full sun flower bed at the Grand Hotel. I will be getting more just to reproduce the glorious effect.


On Mar 25, 2005, sevensisters from Soquel, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Grew well right away. Put it in gopher wire basket to protect the juicy bulb but since I picked it from a deer-proof list (you see where this is going) I planted it out in the open. Bloomed nicely for a week; then got munched.


On Mar 24, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant bloomed poorly for me the first year, but this year it has two nice bloom stalks. It's on top of a sand mound covered in rock, in the same sort of conditions that Eremurus stenophylla, Perovskia spp., Achillea 'Moonbeam', Agave parryi and Penstemon palmeri enjoy. In short--VERY dry.


On Dec 7, 2004, greymom from toledo, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Bloomed poorly the first year, and while the foliage continues to come up ever since for 5 years, it has never bloomed again. My yellow sand could not be more well-drained.


On Apr 1, 2003, Baa wrote:

A bulbous perennial from Turkey.

Has light green almoust glaucous, lance shaped leaves borne alternately on the stem. Bears conical spikes of brownish green to dark purple, bell shaped flowers.

Flowers April - June

Loves a very well drained soil in full sun and likes the weather warm. Dislikes wet soil and simply won't survive in poorly drained soils.