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Organic Fritillaria imperialis 'William Rex' - Crown Imperial Lily

Organic Fritillaria imperialis 'William Rex' - Crown Imperial Lily

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Organic Crown Imperial Lily

The Crown Imperial Lily is a majestic plant that grows from an impressive flowerbulb. The thick, unbranched flower stems can grow up to 70 centimeters high. What makes this plant special is that the narrow pointed leaves grow both along the flower stem and on top of the hanging flowers.

The flower stem of the Fritillaria imperialis 'William Rex' has a dark color. The leaves cover about 1/3 of the flower stem at the bottom. The famous Crown Imperial Lily consists of 5 to 12 impressive, hanging bell-shaped flowers in a striking orange color, crowned with beautiful overhanging green leaves. With a flowering time of about 6 weeks, this plant is a real eye-catcher in the garden, especially early in the spring.

The Fritillaria does well in the garden but also in containers and is excellent for cutting cut flowers; the entire stem with the leaves can be cut off. Combine with tulips or with low early bloomers such as blue grapes.

The flowers produce drops of nectar that bees, butterflies and other insect helpers love. It has a honey-like taste that you can taste yourself!

How, where and when do I plant Fritillaria flowerbulbs?

The Fritillaria 'William Rex' 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 Crown Imperial Lily contain the remaining holes from the stems of the previous year. The flowerbulbs are best planted horizontally, with the flower stem hole to 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.

Care of the Crown Imperial Lily

Plant the bulb in a good, nutrient-rich, humus-like and water-permeable 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. As soon as the shoot of the plant appears above the ground in the spring, give the plants some organic nutrition for an even better result.

The spent flowers are cut off at the top and the rest of the plant is left to die, so that the strength of the green returns to the bulb. The flowerbulbs can remain in the ground during the summer, but if they become too crowded after a few years due to propagation, they are best dug out and distributed to other places. The flowerbulbs are then stored in a warm place in the shed during the summer and replanted in October.

Moles and voles

Moles and voles disappear from the garden because they do not like the sulphurous terpene that the bulb produces. In some species the scent smells stronger on the flowerbulb than in others. The Fritillaria 'William Rex', on the other hand, has an intensely sharp odor on the flowerbulb.

Origin of the Fritillaria imperialis

The Crown Imperial Lily is one of the first cultivated flowerbulbs ever. She comes from the area from Turkey to the Kashmir mountains. The 'William Rex' is one of the most important cultivars and dates from 1746.

The plant has been depicted in paintings for many centuries, but the flower can also be admired as an image on tiles in many temples. According to the stories, the flowers bowed down to Jesus as he was on his way to Golgotha ​​in the garden of Gethsemane. When Jesus walked by, all the flowers bowed to him except the Crown Imperial Lily, which remained arrogantly upright. An angel descended and thundered the flower. The then white flower blushed with shame and immediately let her flowers hang and out of respect they hung forever and because the sweet nectar drops look like tears it seems as if she will also continue to cry forever.

It symbolizes majesty and wealth, as the flowerbulb propagates poorly.

Organic Fritillaria imperialis 'William Rex' - Skal NL-BIO-01 certified: 109459

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Flowering time: March - May
Planting time:
From September
Planting depth:
15 cm deep
Planting distance: 30 cm apart
70 cm high
Flower diameter: 15 cm wide
Partial shade, sun
Soil PH: Loam, sandy soil - Slightly acidic/neutral
Winter hardiness:
Very hardy
Propagation: Good (naturalizes)
Origin: Turkey and surroundings
Family: Liliaceae (lily family)
Colour: Orange
Bee-friendly: Yes
Fragrant: Yes
Bulb size: 18+

Other fritillaria species:

  • Bio Fritillaria 'Persica'
  • Bio Fritillaria assyriaca 'Uva-Vulpis'


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