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Fritillaria acmopetala
  • RHS AGM

pointed-petal fritillary

F. acmopetala is a bulbous perennial with erect stems to 30cm, bearing scattered, narrowly lanceolate leaves and 1-2 terminal, nodding, bell-shaped flowers 3-4cm long, pale green, tinged purple on the inner tepals

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Purple Green
Summer Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Liliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Fritillaria are bulbous herbaceous perennials with lance-shaped or linear leaves and nodding bell-shaped or bowl-shaped flowers that may be solitary or in racemes or umbels

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Turkey to Israel

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How to grow

Cultivation

A tolerant species suitable for a sunny border or rock garden. Needs fertile, well-drained soil and full sun

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in autumn in a cold frame. Expose to winter cold until germination in spring, then transfer to a cold greenhouse. Grow on for 2 years in containers. Divide offsets, or collect and sow bulbils in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut back when foliage turns yellow at the end of the season

Pests

Prone to attack by lily beetles and slugs

Diseases

Can be susceptible to lily disease (Botrytis elliptica) and a virus

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