Amazing photographs of Fritillaria imperialis, the Crown Imperial

coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)November 6, 2009

To see some amazing photography of Fritillaria imperialis, the Crown Imperial, check out this blog:

Here is a link that might be useful: Crown Imperial

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newbie_in_nj(6b E/Central NJ)

coolplantsguy, thanks so much for sharing this article.

Gives great perspective on sometimes maligned bulb because it's not the easiest to grow. After seeing it's natural "home" I can see why it wants specific criteria.

The Van Gogh painting looks like a contemporary of the his Sunflowers in a vase.

Never knew Crown Imperial came from Persia. F. persica kind of obvious by name but not F. imperialis.

Photo with sea of red flowers on plain is stunning.

Very cool, indeed. :)

    Bookmark   November 6, 2009 at 3:35PM
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Cool. I've never had any particular trouble growing them, other than onion maggots or some similar larvae eating them if I forgot to apply Diazinon, Dursban, or in more recent years Imadichloprid to the soil in late spring.

But, they sure do smell bad, that wierd, skunky-chemical smell. I can only imagine what a whole field of them would be like on a sunny, calm day.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2009 at 3:44PM
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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

real nice pictures, they look so cool when there are so many of them.

I remember there used to be someone who would post pictures each spring of their naturalized patch. I think they were in Utah or Idaho or somewhere similar to a sorta-desert climate which the bulbs apparently loved. You could tell the bulbs weren't just hanging on but thriving.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2009 at 9:06PM
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bluebonsai101(6a PA)

Always nice to see habitat pics......some day I would love to travel to see some of the bulbs I grow in their native countries :o) Dan

    Bookmark   November 6, 2009 at 10:08PM
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linnea56(z5 IL)

That was very interesting. Thank you!

2 years ago in Late November I traveled to rural Turkey to visit the ancient greek cities of Miletus and Priene. While we were walking the hills I realized that they were carpeted in tulip leaves. They were narrow, so I didn't recognize them at first. The leaves were much like the species Tulip Linifolia I have. I can only imagine what it was like when they were blooming.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2009 at 12:08AM
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I only got to know this beautiful bulb when I visited the Kuekenhof Garden in Holland earlier this year. Too bad, I won't be able to grow them over here. :(

    Bookmark   November 14, 2009 at 8:03PM
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