Fritillaria, Crown Imperial Fritillary 'Rubra Maxima'

Fritillaria imperialis

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fritillaria (frit-il-AR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: imperialis (im-peer-ee-AL-is) (Info)
Cultivar: Rubra Maxima

Category:

Bulbs

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Red-Orange

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

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

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Edgewater, Maryland

Grosse Ile, Michigan

Presque Isle, Michigan

Scotch Plains, New Jersey

South Jordan, Utah

Kalama, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Apr 10, 2014, Terri1948 from Yorkshire,
wrote:

A magnificent plant if you have large enough area to grow them and can stand the smell that emanates from these plants. For several years we grew them in a deep tub, where they increased year by year. The huge bulbs have a very pungent smell...cross between fox and mice is the only way of describing it. The foliage also smells the same.
We planted several bulbs in the flower borders and lost most to slug infestation. The slugs devoured most of the inner bulb leaving just the outer casing. These bulbs do grow well in large tubs and if you have a slug problem I would advise growing that way. The plants grow very tall and will need staking to prevent wind damage.
I understand that they are pollinated by birds and not insects?

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