Fritillary - Fritillaria meleagris

    Alternative names
    Snake’s Head Fritillary
    Description

    It is a medium plant (20 to 40cm), with nodding, chequered, bell shaped purple flowers.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Originally a plant of wet meadows, but now regularly planted.

    When to see it

    Flowering in April and May.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    It was once common in wet meadows in the South of Britain, but draining, ploughing and fertilizers have greatly reduced the sites where the massed blooms appear in the wild.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland where all records are probably of introduced plants. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 2 of the 617 tetrads.

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