Snake’s Head Fritillary | Fritillaria meleagris

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1x plug plant (approx. 2-5cm above ground, 15cm of root structure below ground)

Transform your garden with Snake’s Head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris)! These mesmerizing checkered blooms bring a touch of elegance. Easy to grow, they’re a must-have for a vibrant and pollinator-friendly garden. Elevate your space with the allure of nature. Shop now!


Botanical Information: Snake’s Head Fritillary

The Snake’s Head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) is a captivating wildflower that adds a splash of unique charm to any garden. Sporting bell-shaped, chequered flowers in hues of purple and white, this perennial herb is a standout member of the Lily family (Liliaceae). Its distinctive appearance makes it a favorite among garden enthusiasts.


This enchanting wildflower feels right at home in damp meadows and grasslands. Picture a scene with slightly wet soil – that’s where the Snake’s Head Fritillary thrives. It enjoys cool, moist conditions, often popping up in spring to dazzle with its drooping, bell-like blooms. This adaptable plant is known for gracing both lowlands and higher altitudes, spreading its floral magic.

Benefits to Wildlife

Beyond its visual appeal, this early spring bulb plays a crucial role in supporting wildlife. Bees, bumblebees, and butterflies are frequent visitors, sipping nectar from its charming checkered flowers. It’s like a little floral cafe for these essential pollinators, contributing to the buzz and flutter of your garden. By inviting the Snake’s Head Fritillary, you’re fostering biodiversity and supporting the vibrant ecosystem in your outdoor space.

Conservation Status in the UK

In the United Kingdom, the Snake’s Head Fritillary holds a special place as a beloved native wildflower. While not endangered, it has faced challenges due to changes in land use and habitat loss. Conservation efforts are underway to protect and restore its natural habitats, ensuring this floral gem continues to enchant generations to come. By appreciating and cultivating this species, you contribute to the conservation of a piece of the UK’s natural heritage.

Ease of Growing

Now, let’s talk about the good news – growing the Snake’s Head Fritillary is a delightful experience. It’s like having a low-maintenance friend in your garden. All it asks for is a cool, damp spot with well-drained soil. Plant the bulbs in the fall, and come spring, you’ll be greeted by the charming blooms. It’s a perennial, so you can enjoy its beauty year after year without breaking a sweat.

This plant is a captivating addition to your garden. Its distinctive checkered blooms, easygoing nature, and wildlife-friendly attributes make it a must-have for any nature lover. By welcoming this wild beauty into your outdoor space, you’re not just cultivating a visually stunning garden – you’re creating a haven for pollinators and contributing to the conservation of a cherished native wildflower. Why not let the Snake’s Head Fritillary weave its floral magic in your garden?

More Information

Gardener’s World

The Wildlife Trusts

Species From the Same Habitat

Autumn hawkbit | Scorzoneroides autumnalis

Great Mullein | Verbascum thapsus

 Scarlet Pimpernel | Lysimachia arvensis


Additional information

Weight 1 kg

Flowering Months


Light levels



Soil moisture

Dry, Normal


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