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CORYDALIS
Fumewort
 

We, like many other plantaholics, have fallen under the spell of these perky little denizens of forest and mountain. What gardener with a heart and soul could resist their spring flowers, whose winged petals with upswept spurs suggest a flight of elfin butterflies? Or, for that matter, their lacily divided leaves, which come in a kaleidoscope of colors from gray to deep green? As a tribe that hails from diverse habitats across much of the northern hemisphere, Corydalis includes at least a few species for any garden, whatever its circumstances. Gardeners with shade and summer rain can select from the bounty of species that inhabit the woodlands of Europe, east Asia, and North America. Conversely, those who garden in rocky or sandy soil or in dry-summer areas can explore the diversity of the Mediterranean and central Asian species. Not that you have to restrict yourself to species from similar climes. Indeed, as long as they are buffered from summer heat and drought (the woodlanders) or from excess summer moisture (the Mediterranean and steppe natives), most corydalis will succeed in climates that depart from that of their home range (some corydaphiles even dig the tubers in summer to keep them sufficiently dry). For all these reasons and more, Corydalis should be a staple of any bulb garden (or bulb frame).

Corydalis densiflora ~ This rarely offered and highly desirable relative of C. solida produces (in this case) long spikes of large, curving, purplish-pink blooms above clumps of blue-green leaves. Given its native range, it should be well adapted to areas such as coastal California and the Pacific Northwest. But it also seems at home (and increases well) in our less than moderate winters (and summers). Mediterranean/Montane; S Italy. Zone 6.
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Corydalis glaucescens 'Kashgarica' ~ Soft-pink flowers bedeck the glaucous-leaved stems of this excellent and rarely offered form that was raised and introduced by Janis Ruksans. New to the catalog in 2020.Steppe; C Asia. Zone 4.
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Corydalis glaucescens 'Medeo' ~ In this alluring but relatively later-blooming version of C. glaucescens, the white petals bear a rose-lilac central stripe. Steppe; C Asia. Zone 4.
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Corydalis glaucescens 'Moonlight' ~ The pink-suffused, creamy-white flowers of this elegant but rarely offered cultivar appear in abundance in mid-April. Steppe; C Asia. Zone 4.
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Corydalis glaucescens 'Pink Beauty' ~ Yet another gorgeous take on this many-splendored species, bearing copious quantities of soft-pink flowers, in perfect counterpoint to the gray foliage. Striking. Steppe; C Asia. Zone 4.
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Corydalis integra ~ Much more elegant than the Honda model of the same name, and far longer lived in the open garden, this vigorous and hardy species bears relatively tall many-flowered spires of palest pink blooms with long spurs and purple snouts. The glaucous leaves provide a natty foil. It blooms with most of the rest of the corydali – mid-April here. A cliff-dweller in the wild, it is a natural for walls and embankments (although flat and gritty is fine too). Modified continental/Mediterranean/Montane; E Balkans to NW Turkey. Zone 5.
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Corydalis kusnetzovii ~ Borne over a relatively long period toward the end of the corydalis season, the flowers give the impression of a pink-suffused C. vittae, which if you're a corydaphile should have you scrambling for your checkbook. If you're not a corydaphile, perhaps you haven't experienced this species. It's never too late to start a new plant addiction. Modified continental; NW Caucasus, SW Russia. Zone 5.
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Corydalis maracandica ~ The palest yellow flowers of this hauntingly beautiful, recently introduced species deepen and intensify to primrose-yellow at their mouths. Give it a prominent place in a lightly shaded trough or rock garden, in porous, humus-rich soil. Steppe/Montane; Tajikistan. Zone 5.
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Corydalis nudicaulis ~ "Elegant and distinct" (Lidén & Zetterlund), this recently introduced species – with airy, many-flowered clusters of slender, long-spurred, white, chocolate-tipped flowers in early April on 6-inch stems – is high on every corydaphile's wishlist. Quite adaptable, it prefers full to partial sun and humus-rich, sharply drained soil. It's grows and overwinters quite happily here in central Massachusetts. Steppe; Tajikistan. Zone 5.
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Corydalis nudicaulis 'Shady Boy' ~ In this outstanding selection, the chocolate-purple snout marks bleed onto the flower's spurs, tinting them charcoal-black. Steppe; Tajikistan. Zone 5.
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Corydalis paczoskii ~ A close relative of C. angustifolia, sharing its dark-nosed, long-spurred flowers (and elegant foliage), but departing in their purple coloration. A splendid subject for naturalizing in dappled shade, it self-sows in humus-rich, well-drained soils. Modified continental; Ukraine & Crimea. Zone 5.
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Corydalis popovii ~ Few-flowered racemes of gargantuan (up to 2 inches long), maroon-headed flowers with white, pink-flushed, arched tails open from top to bottom in April.  One of the crown jewels of the genus, and rarely available.  Sun and well aerated soil are a must (i.e., wet or heavy soils will not do it). Steppe/Montane; Tajikistan. Zone 5.
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Corydalis ruksansii ~ Any corydalis named after Janis Ruksans, corydalis guru, has to be good. This is. The flowers resemble those of C. nudicaulis, but with the chocolate coloration confined to their tips, giving them a rather endearing "button nose" look. Here in central Massachusetts (a far cry from Central Asia), Ruksans' corydalis grows and increases well in porous, summer-dry soil. Steppe; Tadjikistan. Zone 5.
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Corydalis schanginii ssp. ainae ~ The large, long-tailed blooms of this "gem of the genus" (Lidén & Zetterlund) have clear golden-yellow, purple-tipped "snouts" that taper to twisting, pale pink spurs – an arresting color scheme. Completing the picture are the purple-tinged stems and fleshy silver-gray leaves. A masterpiece. Given dryish summer conditions and ample light, it should succeed outdoors in most cold-winter areas of the U.S. Steppe; Kazakhstan. Zone 4.
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Corydalis schanginii ssp. schanginii ~ If it's possible for any corydalis to be more magnificent than C. schanginii ssp. ainae, here it is. Swarms of enormous (by corydaline standards) flowers of soft rose-pink (with contrasting purple veins and tips) crowd long racemes above a complement of fleshy gray leaves. Although it demands good drainage and full sun, especially if it is to survive in the open garden in moist-summer areas, it is well worth every effort. Steppe; S Russia to W Mongolia. Zone 4.
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Corydalis solida 'Ballade' ~ Every year we offer ever man of the rarest and best cultivars of C. solida. Here, as evidence, is a robust violet-flowered selection from the redoubtable Janis Ruksans. The long-spurred, white-mouthed blooms are densely deployed on masses of relatively tall (10-inch) stems. This and most of the following cultivars bloom in mid-April here, doing best in dappled shade and well-drained, humus-rich soil. Modified continental/Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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Corydalis solida 'Bird of Paradise' ~ This outstanding, newly named selection (which has some decipiens in its pedigree) produces relatively tall, sturdy stems crowded with glowing pink flowers. One of numerous splendid corydali developed by the late Jan Huisman, it outshines others in its color range such as 'Beth Evans'.
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Corydalis solida 'George Baker' ~ For all the many beautiful takes on C. solida that have surfaced lately, this bright salmon-red selection remains one of the best. We have the real thing, rather than one of the inferior pretenders circulating under this name. Romania; Modified continental. Zone 5.
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Corydalis solida 'Merlin' ~ The lips of the long-spurred, snow-white flowers are intricately edged and brushed with violet-blue, in a color composition that is as dramatic as it is simple. An absolute stunner. Modified continental/Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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Corydalis solida 'Prasil Strain' ~ Despite its name, this is a vegetatively propagated, brick-red clone of Prasil Strain extraction. The color is deepest in cool springs. A worthy rival of 'George Baker', it self-sows and increases to form rubicund colonies. Woodsy conditions. Modified continental. Zone 5.
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Corydalis solida Rainbow Mix ~ If you like the ruddy end of the corydalis spectrum, this mixture of pink-, red-, and burgundy-flowered solidas will give you a good sampling for a nice price. Modified continental. Zone 4.
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Corydalis solida 'Sixtus' ~ The outback of Romania has yielded more than its share of beautiful corydali from the rosy end of the spectrum. This one has lively light pink, purple-tinged flowers. Modified continental. Zone 4.
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Corydalis solida 'Snowy Owl' ~ Joining the flock of white cultvars (and of corydalis selections with avian names) is this recent introduction whose white plumage is subtly marked with charcoal at the flower tips, suggesting the wing barrings of its eponym. The gray floral bracts second the suggestion.Modified continental. Zone 4.
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Corydalis solida 'Vermion Dawn' ~ Large, rich deep purple flowers crowd the relatively tall stems of this colorful and robust Ruksans introduction. . Continental/Modified continental. Zone 4.
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Corydalis turtschaninovii ~ We once again offer a few tubers of this surpassingly beautiful blue-flowered corydalis (as unsurpassable as it is unpronounceable). As many as 2 dozen luminous sky-blue flowers crowd the 6- to 8-inch stems in late April, at the end of the corydalis season. No genus does blue better than this one. As if that weren't enough, it's also exceptionally hardy. We usually sell out of this quickly, so act accordingly! Continental; Manchuria to SE Russia. Zone 4. SOLD OUT
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Corydalis turtschaninovii 'Blue Moon' ~ No one has a better eye for corydalis than Janis Ruksans, who selected this striking form that darkens to sapphire-blue at the lips. We only have a few of this rarity. Continental; Manchuria to SE Russia. Zone 4. SOLD OUT
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Corydalis vittae ~ One look at the c.v. of this rarely offered beauty and you'll know it's a corydalis of the first water. Inflorescence: dense racemes of up to 15 large white flowers atop 4- to 6-inch stems at the end of the corydalis season. Cultivation: easy in partial shade and humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil. Multiplication: often occurs via self-sowing if more than one plant is present.  Modified continental; Caucasus. Zone 5.
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Corydalis vittae 'Goliath' ~ Take the above, double the size of everything (including the tubers), and here you have it – a colossal (and highly desirable) edition of one of the most commendable corydalis species. Modified continental; Caucasus. Zone 5.
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Corydalis 'Domino' ~ Showy bicolored flowers with white spurs and violet lips are heavily produced on compact stems in early spring. This is one of a swarm of outstanding new hybrids involving Corydalis kusnetzovii. Most are sterile, so they'll stay in place. Modified continental/Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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Corydalis 'Flamingo' ~ Whereas most Corydalis have flowers that darken toward their tips, this recently introduced kusnetzovii/decipiens hybrid is patterened in the manner of a "reverse" Narcissus), with lively, lilac-pink spurs and blush-white lips. Just when you thought corydaline coloration had gone as far as it could go. Modified continental/Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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Corydalis 'Milda' ~ Yet another take on kusnetzovii/solida, in this case bright red. Unlike many red-flowered solida forms (which tend to be promiscuous), this sterile cultivar will not contaminate your paler-flowered corydalis populations with its seedlings. Modified continental/Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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Corydalis 'Vanessa' ~ The sky-blue lips and white spurs of this exquisite, recently introduced kusnetzovii/solida hybrid are the sort of thing you would expect from an exceptional (and exorbitant) form of Corydalis ornata. Modified continental/Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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ERANTHIS
Winter aconite
 
Eranthis hyemalis ~ These plump, healthy tubers of winter aconite will give you lots of bright yellow buttercup blooms in earliest spring (or late winter, polar jet stream willing). Modified continental/Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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Eranthis hyemalis 'Flore Pleno' ~ Yes indeed, a double-flowered eranthis, which produces pompons of yellow and chartreuse in late winter. The occasional bloom reverts to single, thus raising the possibility of raising seedlings that may themselves be doubles. This rare and much sought-after cultivar is one of the parents of a mini-swarm of acolyte aconites that are about to hit the market. Modified continental/Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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ERYTHRONIUM
Dogtooth violet; trout lily
 
Erythronium caucasicum ~ Large white flowers with backswept segments and tawny-orange, maroon-stippled centers arise in late winter and early spring above rosettes of mahogany-green, olive-dappled leaves, giving the appearance of an especially robust, especially choice form of Erythronium dens-canis. As with many plants from the Caucasus, this rare treasure favors a humus-rich soil and moderate summer temperatures. Modified continental/Montane; Caucasus. Zone 5.
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Erythronium dens-canis 'Frans Hals' ~ Rich violet-purple flowers are artistically ornamented with maroon and yellow throats. Modified continental/Maritime/Continental; Europe to W Asia. Zone 3.
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Erythronium dens-canis 'Lilac Wonder' ~ As the name implies, the large violet-pink flowers are a wonderful site in mid-spring. So, too, are the boldy mottled leaves, which stay around for quite a bit longer than the flowers. Modified continental/Maritime/Continental; Europe to W Asia. Zone 3.
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~ Erythronium dens-canis 'Moerheimii' ~ A rarely available semi-double selection, with 8 to 12 deep purple segments rather than the customary 6. The leaves are prominently mottled (of course). Modified continental/Maritime/Continental; Europe to W Asia. Zone 3.
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Erythronium dens-canis 'Purple King' ~ The flowers of this vigorous and eximious selection are large and cyclamen-pink, with amber, red-brushed throats. The purple-green leaves are boldly dappled with silver.Modified continental/Maritime/Continental; Europe to Japan. Zone 3.
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Erythronium dens-canis 'White Splendour' ~ White, tawny-eyed flowers appear earlier than those of most erythronia. Modified continental/Maritime/Continental; Europe to Japan. Zone 3.
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Erythronium 'Jeannine' ~ A charming, robust hybrid with large sulphur-yellow blooms on foot-tall stems, this rare and choice W. P. Van Eeden selection (registered in 1984) probably resulted from an encounter between E. tuolumnense and E. revolutum. The leaves are only faintly mottled. Modified continental/Mediterranean/Maritime. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
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FRITILLARIA
Fritillary; guinea hen flower; crown imperial
 
Fritillaria bucharica 'Hodji-Obi-Garm' ~ One of the few white-flowered frit species Fritillaria bucharica is often a rather diminutive, wispy species. Not so here. The upright, foot-tall stems are laden with relatively large, snowy blooms that open wide to reveal the circle of olive-green nectaries at their center. Flowering peaks in early spring. Coarse, humus-rich soil and full sun work best. Steppe; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Fritillaria bucharica 'Nurek Giant' ~ Showy clusters of upwards of a dozen large white flowers – rather than the usual 3 to 7 – crown 18-inch stems in April, making for one of the largest and showiest early-spring frits. Rock garden conditions. Steppe; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Fritillaria camschatcensis Tomari ~ This relatively statuesque form of this far-flung, variable, but always beautiful species deploys chocolate-purple flowers on 24-inch stems. It likes partial shade or sun and humus-rich soil. Modified Continental; Sakhalin Island. Zone 4.
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Fritillaria conica ~ Large, lemon-yellow flowers nod from 10-inch stems in early spring, making for one of the showiest and most sought-after frits. It makes its Odyssey Bulbs debut with this catalog -- and we have only a few to sell. Mediterranean; SW Greece. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
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Fritillaria crassifolia ssp. kurdica mix ~ A fritillaria farrago (and we don't mean that in a deprecatory sense, given that this assortment comprises several excellent forms). At this price, you can plant a whole swath! Steppe; W Asia. Zone 6.
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Fritillaria crassifolia ssp. kurdica 'Aragats' ~ In this large (12-inch-tall), vigorous, floriferous selection, the flowers are entirely of a deep chocolate-maroon with olive stippling. Steppe; W Asia. Zone 6.
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Fritillaria eduardii ~ The crown jewel of the genus, bearing a corona of broad-flaring, 3-inch-wide, outfacing, orange flowers atop a 2- to 3-foot stem in April, the whole giving the impression of a rarefied F. imperialis (WITHOUT the stench). Ample sun and well-drained, rich soil will bring the best results (it winters easily here). Propagation is by seed only, with 7 or 8 years from germination to bloom – thus the scarcity and the steep price of these flowering-size bulbs. Steppe; Tajikistan. Zone 5.
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Fritillaria elwesii ~ One of our favorite frits – and also one of the easiest. The thimbelesque flowers, banded purple and olive-green, nod from foot-tall stems in April; the leaves are a refreshing blue-green; the overall effect is charming. It takes readily to sunny gardens, multiplying rapidly (but not invasively) from bulbils. Mediterranean; S Turkey. Zone 6.
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Fritillaria hermonis ssp. amana ~ Dusty green bells with auburn checkering and longitudinal green pinstripes nod from 12-inch stems in April. Easy in sun and not overly moist soil. Mediterranean; S Turkey to Syria. Zone 6.
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Fritillaria imperialis wild form EM.1486 ~ Deriving from a showy deep-orange-flowered population in western Iran, these seed-raised crown imperials bring a refreshing touch of wildness to the garden. Zone 4.
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Fritillaria imperialis 'Aureomarginata' ~ Yes, indeed – a variegated crown imperial. Before you mutter "what will they think of next," consider that this venerable cultivar first unfurled its cream-edged leaves and orange-red flowers to the early spring sun more than 350 years ago. The 3-foot flower stems are heavily stained with purple. Antiquity and novelty, in one pungent package. Steppe/Montane; C Asia. Zone 4.
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Fritillaria imperialis 'Garland Star' ~ Spectacular and robust, this recent crown imperial selection bears a ring of large tangerine bells accented by maroon stems (all 3 feet of them). Steppe/Montane; C Asia. Zone 4.
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Fritillaria imperialis 'Striped Beauty' ~ Coronas of soft orange flowers are strikingly veined with maroon stripes that color-echo the chocolate-purple stems. Another outstanding recent introduction. Steppe/Montane; C Asia. Zone 4.
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Fritillaria meleagris 'Alba' ~ Glimmering like a comet (no dirty snowball, this) amid the duskier colors of the planetary cultivars (which see below), white guinea hen flower is a venerable but still much sought after form of its tribe. We have a veritable Oort cloud of them this year. Modified continental/Maritime; Europe. Zone 4. Modified continental/Maritime; Europe. Zone 4.
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Fritillaria meleagris 'Eros' ~ A remarkable color break. The checkered blooms of this recent introduction are an ever-evolving mosaic of muted tones of pewter, pale pink, purple, and olive-green. The effect is absolutely magical. Modified continental/Maritime; Europe. Zone 4.
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Fritillaria nigra ~ Whether this species actually exists is in serious question (it shows close affinities with F. montana, F. orientalis, and F. pyrenaica), but all are agreed that it is one of the best of the genus for the open garden. The heavily chocolate-checkered flowers (on a green background) are broadly bell-shaped and nod from 20-inch stems. Montane/Mediterranean; S France to Caucasus. Zone 5.
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Fritillaria olivieri ~ Dapper maroon-and-green bells with reflexed tips nod from 15-inch, narrow-leaved stems, giving the impression of a high-rise Fritillaria crassifolia ssp. kurdica. We offered it for the first time in 2017. Montane/Steppe; W Iran. Zone 5.
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Fritillaria pallidiflora ~ Large (1.5-inch), primrose-yellow bells, dangling from foot-tall stems above ribbed, gray-green leaves, provide one of the highlights of the April shade garden. Add some trilliums and Mertensia virginica, and you’ve got a masterpiece. Very easy and very hardy (it even self-sows). Our bulbs are NOT from and are superior to mass trade stock. Steppe/Montane; C Asia. Zone 3. AGM
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Fritillaria persica 'Senköy' ~ Here is the state of the art in species persica, with purple bells that are shapelier, deeper-hued, and more abundant than those of 'Adiyaman'. Give it gritty, fertile soil. Steppe/Montane; C Asia. Zone 3. AGM
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Fritillaria pinardii ~ This could be a centerfold for the elegant-but-subtle frit look. Possibly a rather abbreviated centerfold, as it stands all of 6 inches tall in bloom. One-inch-long, purple lanterns with a dusty overlay and yellow interiors nod from glaucous, rather broad-leaved stems in early spring. Perfect for a trough or pot. Steppe/Montane; Armenia to Turkey. Zone 5.
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Fritillaria raddeana ~ Sickly orange-flowered crown imperials are a dime a dozen. This is not one of them. Rather, it's one of the crowning glories of the genus, and a vigorous one to boot. Airy coronas of moonlight-yellow, cup-shaped, 2-inch-wide flowers repose on 2- to 3-foot stems in April. Sun, good drainage, and some summer warmth suit it best. It's as rock-hardy and long-lived here as the run of the mill crown imperials are not. Steppe; NE Iran to Turkmenistan. Zone 4.
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Fritillaria stenanthera seedlings ~ Fritty in pink. This year we have seed-raised bulbs of uncertain varietal parentage. Expect the usual soft pink, maroon-eyed star-flowers, on stems in the 6- to 10-inch range. Lovely in combination with Central Asian corydali. Steppe/Montane; Uzbekistan. Zone 5.
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