Fritillaria meleagris, commonly called Snake’s Head Fritillary, is an elegant addition to any spring garden display. Their instantly recognisable patterning and hardy nature, makes them our plant of the month for February. Therefore, plant now to enjoy the flowers in the months to come. 

Principally, there are known for their exquisite chequered flowers‚ which can sometimes be pure white‚ that appear in April and May. 

Also, they are a British native which can be found in the wild in damp meadows. However, they are a rare treasure in the wild‚ but fortunately are hardy and easy in the garden. Interestingly, and perfect bit of trivia, it is the county flower of Oxfordshire.

Additionally, for those who love to bring the outside in, the beautiful bell-shaped flowers are on stems up to 30cm tall which makes them a good cut-flower.

Key Benefits:

  • Beautiful patterning
  • Hardy
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

Planting notes

They like a sunny position in well-drained soil that doesn’t dry out in summer.  As well as borders‚ they are ideal for rock gardens, tubs or for naturalising in moist grassy areas.

It is worth noting, Snake’s Head Fritillary looks wonderful planted with Hellebores.

Snake’s Head Fritillary at Farplants

Not only grown by Binsted Nursery but is the emblem of the company! Snake’s Head is a speciality of Binsted and has been grown there for 24 years. They are grown from cultivated bulbs.

To produce Snakes Head, Binsted use their cold store to encourage growth for spring. The new cold store has enabled Binsted to reduce energy use for the production of potted bulbs by 40%.

This delicate spring beauty is a personal favourite. Every year it is a joy to see them popping up above the soil. After their time in the cold store, we keep a close eye on them to make sure they are tip top for garden retailers.  Here at Binsted, we grow 60,000 a year for UK garden centres, and they continue to be as popular as ever.”

John Polman, Production and Grower Manager Binsted Nursery.