Flower Glossary: Fritillaria

DesignSponge Fritillaria by Max Tielman
Of all the fancy flowers you can find, Fritillaria might be my favorite. Their delicate, bell-shaped heads look as if they’ve been painted by hand with the most intricate checkered pattern. While not all species have the same patterning (some have dramatically large, single-color blooms), the vast majority share a graceful nodding look that only adds to their elegance. Unfortunately Fritillaria come with a fairly high price tag per-stem and per-bulb. But their delicate and detailed nature makes them an excellent candidate for a single-stem display. So if buying a bunch isn’t in your budget, a single bloom will be perfect in a small bedside vase. xo, grace

Additional Information about Fritillaria:

  • Family: Liliaceae
  • Varieties: There are approximately 130 species of Fritillaria, grown most commonly in the Mediterranean, southwest Asia and western North America.
  • Cost: Fritillaria are not always easy to come by and most often come with a hefty price tag, ranging from $6 – $10 a stem.
  • Fun facts: Well, perhaps it’s more funny than fun, but some species of Fritillaria release a pungent and extremely displeasing odor, leading to the nickname “stink bells.”
  1. Katie says:

    So much drama! What a stunner.

  2. Terra says:

    We have these growing in our yard and I get excited for their arrival every year!

  3. maggie says:

    I wonder which ones put off the stink…interesting. I always love your flower posts – I am an essential oil junkie (make my candles with them) so learning about the plants they come from is always helpful.

  4. vikki says:

    my favorite flower!~~

  5. There are lots of California native fritillary. We grow them out west – supporting our botanical heritage and keeping things local.


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