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Fritillaria imperialis 'Rubra'

crown imperial 'Rubra'

'Rubra' is a bulbous perennial, to 1.5m tall, with robust, upright stems clothed in whorls of shiny, bright green, pointed leaves. The upper part of the stem is deep purple, crowned in early summer with a cluster of hanging, scarlet, bell-shaped flowers topped with a tuft of leafy bracts

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 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 Green
Summer Purple Red Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Liliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
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, well-drained soils. Handle the fragile bulbs carefully and plant at four times own depth

Propagation

Propagate by removing offsets in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Prone to slugs and lily beetle

Diseases

Generally disease free

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