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Crown Imperial
Scientific Name: Fritillaria imperialis L.
Family: Liliaceae
Crown Imperial (Fritillaria  imperialis)
Fritillaria imperialis at the NYBG in mid April
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-7, 14-17, 32-43
USDA: 7-9

Heat Tolerance: Questionable

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan

Growth Habits: Bulb, up to 3.5 feet tall (1 m)

Watering Needs: Regular water while growing

Propagation: Offsets in summer, seeds take a long time to reach blooming size

Fritillaria imperialis 'Aurora'

Cultural Practices:
Plant the bulbs in the fall, 8 inches deep (20 cm), 8 to 12 inches apart (20-30 cm). In zone 7, the Fritillarias need to be mulched to avoid cold damage to the bulb.

Blooming Habits:
Yellow to reddish-orange flowers with an unpleasant smell, in mid-spring for 2-3 weeks. The scent of the bulb is also supposed to repel rodents.

Fruiting Habits:

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