Fritillaria meleagris, aka snake’s head fritillary, produces large spring bells with a distinctive chequerboard pattern. The nodding flowers vary from white through to purple and grow between 15cm and 40cm high. In its native Europe it’s commonly found in damp grasslands and meadows, so it grows well here in shady, moist areas. The bulbs are best planted in late summer or early autumn, so order your bulbs now from NZ Bulbs.
This Botany Photo of the Day features on UBC Botanical Garden’s website.