Friday, May 1, 2015

Fritillaria, Checkered Flowering Bulbs

The graphic designs on this flowering bulb continues to fascinate me. The name is derived from the Latin term for a dice-box (fritillus) and probably refers to the checkered pattern of the flowers of many species. Plants of the genus are known in English as fritillaries. Some North American species are called mission bells. Read more.

1 comment:

JudyMac said...

The first fritillaria/fritillaries I ever saw in bloom up close and personal was during an early spring trip years ago to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home in Virginia. As I recall, they were on the front lawn, of the true lemon yellow variety, and they were very lovely. Afraid I would never be able to grow them myself, and don't think I've ever seen them growing in the Georgia red clay.