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Organic Fritillaria 'Persica' - Persian Lily

Organic Fritillaria 'Persica' - Persian Lily

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Organic Persian Lily

The Fritillaria 'Persica' , also known as 'Persian Lily', is a unique spring bloomer with a cone-shaped flower cluster of black-purple hanging flower bells. Each bell grows on a short flower stalk, which is connected to the main stem. The flowers contain a lot of nectar that is of great value to pollinators such as bees and bumblebees.

From the heart of the flowerbulb grow one or more sturdy flower stems of about 80 centimeters high, which are partly covered with narrow leaves of blue-green color. These leaves are about 4 to 6 inches long and grow along the flower stem, similar to a lily.

The Fritillaria 'Persica' blooms in April and May and is therefore one of the first large spring bloomers. She is a real eye-catcher in any garden and suitable for use as a cut flower.

How, where and when do I plant Fritillaria 'Persica' flowerbulbs?

The fritillaria flowerbulbs are best planted from the end of September. Plant it about 2 to 3 times as deep as the flowerbulb itself is high and the same applies in terms of distance; Maintain 2 to 3 times the width of the flowerbulb. The flowerbulbs of the 'Persian Imperial Crown' contain the remaining holes from the stems of the previous year. The flowerbulbs are best planted horizontally, with the flower stem hole towards the side so that no water runs into the hole of the flowerbulb. This way you avoid rot and can enjoy this beautiful spring bloomer every year. Plant the flower bulb in a good, nutrient-rich, humus-like and water-drained soil. With clay soil, mix in a lot of sand and possibly a layer of pebbles at the bottom of the planting hole so that water can drain even better.

Care of the Persian Lily

As soon as the plant appears above the ground in the spring, you can stimulate growth by providing organic nutrition to the plants. Water the plant regularly during the growth period, especially during dry periods. Make sure the soil remains evenly moist, but avoid excessive watering to prevent the bulbs from rotting. If necessary, support the tall flower stems using plant supports to prevent them from falling over in windy weather.

After flowering, the foliage of the Fritillaria 'Persica' may naturally wilt. Let the foliage die back slowly and do not cut it, because the plant extracts nutrients from the foliage to strengthen the bulbs for the next season. The flowerbulbs are dug up in July and stored in a warm place, for example in the shed, and replanted in October. Because you keep them in a warm place in the summer, the flowerbulbs develop thicker flower buds than if they were left in the cold soil in the summer, so that the plant will bloom beautifully again the following year.


The 'Persica' propagates by seed and the bulb divides. If any propagation is required, the flowerbulbs can be dug up in July, the flowerbulbs can then be taken apart, dried and stored in a warm place such as the shed to be replanted separately in October.

Origin of the Persian Lily

The Fritillaria 'Persica' originally comes from the Middle East, especially from Iran (formerly Persia). The name 'Persica' refers to Persia. It was first described and named by the famous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The plant has been prized since ancient times, often planted in the gardens of kings and nobles for its beauty and elegance. In different cultures, the Fritillaria 'Persica' is associated with different symbolic meanings. In Persian culture, the flower is considered a symbol of beauty and fertility.

Due to the historical and cultural value of the Fritillaria 'Persica', efforts are being made to protect and conserve the species. Preserving the natural habitat and promoting sustainable cultivation practices are important for the conservation of this special plant.

Organic Fritillaria 'Persica' - Skal NL-BIO-01 certified: 109459

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Flowering time: April - May
Planting time:
From September
Planting depth:
15 cm deep (hole to the side)
Planting distance: 20 cm apart
80 cm high
Flower diameter: 12 cm wide (bells 3 cm)
Partial shade, sun
Loam, sandy soil - Slightly acidic/neutral
Winter hardiness:
Good hardy
Propagation: Mediocre
Origin: Cyprus, Iran, Turkey
Family: Liliaceae (lily family)
Colour: Black purple
Bee-friendly: Yes
Fragrant: Yes
Bulb size: 16+

Other fritillaria species:

  • Bio Fritillaria assyriaca 'Uva-Vulpis'
  • Bio Fritillaria imperialis 'William Rex'


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