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Guinea Hen Flower; Checkered Lily (Fritillaria meleagris)

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Mid-late spring-flowering bulb
Description:  Charming purple, rose, and white flowers with checkered patterns; flowers nodding and bell-shaped; thin, pale green foliage
Habit:  Flowering stalks 12-15 inches high
Culture:  Prefers light shade and moist loam; plant bulbs 3-4 inches deep and 3-4 inches apart
Hardiness:  USDA Zones 4 through 8
Origin:  England, Eastern Europe, Russia
Attributes:  Deer resistant

5 bulbs per bag

This delightful bulb is native to English meadows and was grown in American gardens before 1700.  If well-situated in moist ground, it can persist for many years naturalized in lawns or beds rich in leaf mold. Guinea Hen Flower is known by several names, including Snakes-head Lily, Madam Ugly, and Drooping Tulip.  The 1597 edition of John Gerard's Herbal lists it as Checkered Daffodil and Ginnie Hen Flower and describes the flowers as "''checkered most strangely... surpassing…the curiousest painting that Art can set downe".'

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