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Fritillaria imperialis 'Lutea'

crown imperial 'Lutea'

'Lutea' is a bulbous perennial, to 90cm tall, with whorls of glossy, pale green, lance-shaped leaves borne on erect stems. In late spring and early summer, bright yellow, bell-shaped flowers are borne in terminal umbels and topped with leaf-like bracts

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Green
Summer Yellow Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Liliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
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

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grows well in most fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soils and prefers cool, moist summers. Handle the fragile bulbs carefully and plant at four times own depth

Propagation

Propagate by division of offsets in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Susceptible to damage by slugs and lily beetle

Diseases

Generally disease free

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