Assortiment

The family of Fritillaries covers approximately a hundred species. About 25 of them are being commercially cultivated in the Netherlands, mainly to be used in gardens and, to an increasing extent, as a pot plant.

The fritillary (Fritillaria imperialis L.), has been cultivated in the Netherlands for over four centuries. The Hortus of Leiden, already had a fritillary in his collection in 1580. And as many as fifty cultivated varieties were offered in an old catalogue dating from around 1850. Nowadays approximately five varieties are cultivated on a larger scale (the orange-red varieties; 'Aurora', 'Rubra', 'Rubra maxima', 'Premier' and the yellow 'Lutea') and seven varieties on a smaller scale.

The fritillary is also known for its so-called 'skunk odour'. The fritillary's scent is quite strong. A small number of bulbs placed here and there in the garden is often recommended as a successful repellent against rats and molls.

VOF de Keizerskroon cultivates and sells the following varieties:

Botanical Fritillaria species, suitable for gardens and naturalizing


F. imp. var Garland Star 4k Orange Beauty (PBR)k

Fritillary cv. 'Garland Star (PBR)' is an orange-red fritillary of approximately 3,3 feet (1 metre) in height. The flowering season is late April through early May. This new variety has a remarkably thick and firm stem with a large crown, from which many flowers are suspended.


cv. 'Orange Beauty (PBR)', is approximately 4.1 feet (1.25 metre) in height, flower season: mid April. This new cultivar stands out in the garden with its bright orange-red flowers and its length. If the flowers have bloomed, the plant ornates seed pods. Because Orange Beauty (PBR) smells less, this new addition is very suitable for forcing as cut flowers.

 

F. raddeana 3Ak Sunset 2k F. eduardii 'Pollux'k F. eduardii 'Castor'k

F. raddeana, approximately 20 - 30 inches (50 - 80 cm) in height, flowering season: March and April.

Sunset (PBR), approximately 43 inches (1,10 m) in height, flowering season: mid April. Is odorless, not suitable for forcing.

F. eduardii 'Pollux', 20 - 30 inches (50 - 80 cm) in height, flowering season: early April.

F. eduardii 'Castor', 20 - 30 inches (50 - 80 cm) in height, flowering season: early April.

Early Wonderk Early Passionk Early Fantasyk Early magic

Early Wonder, approximately 50 inches (1,25 m) in height, flowering season: mid April.

Early Passion (PBR) approximately 32 - 43 inches (80 - 110 cm) in height, flowering season: March and April.

Early Fantasy approximately 32 - 43 inches (80 - 110 cm) in height, flowering season: March and April.

Early Magic approximately 32 - 39 inches (80 - 100 cm) in height, flowering season: March and early April.

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F. sewerzowii, 10 - 20 inches (30 - 50 cm) in height, flowering season: early April.