Fritillary - Fritillaria meleagris

Alternative names
Snake’s Head Fritillary

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

Identification difficulty

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

When to see it

Flowering in April and May.

Life History


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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map