Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Fritillary
Fritillaria eduardii

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

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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to view:

By nevadagdn
Thumbnail #1 of Fritillaria eduardii by nevadagdn

By kniphofia
Thumbnail #2 of Fritillaria eduardii by kniphofia


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CarolMcK On Apr 20, 2006, CarolMcK from Waterloo, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I am pleasantly surprised to have one growing in my zone 5a/4b rock garden this year, as I do not remember buying the bulb and have not moved anything in that bed in years. Perhaps a squirrel left a present?

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

This plant looks like a slightly refined Fritillaria imperialis. It's growing well on a sand mound covered with rocks in a low-water area of my garden. Other plants that like the same conditions: Agave spp, Penstemon palmeri, Achillea 'Moonbeam', Perovskia cvs., Eremurus stenophylla. It took an extra year to settle in before blooming.
The image (should appear soon) really IS F. eduardii, even though it looks so startlingly similar to F. imperialis.


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

Sparks, Nevada

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