Ms. Saipua made a gorgeous arrangement today, including fritillaria like I’d never seen before. Back in my florist days, we simply called it “speckled hen;” I’d never even heard fritillaria until, sigh, pua enlightened me. Hence, the F.O.D.:
by its Latin name: fritillaria meleagris (via Easy to Grow Bulbs.com)
Fritillaria caucasica, davisii and pinardii via the Scottish Rock Garden Club Bulb Log Diary
From Easy To Grow Bulbs:
This is a fun flower to include in an existing garden where it will pop up in mid to late spring with the late daffodils and just before the lily of the valley blooms. This fritillaria has slender, silvery-green foliage that doesn’t require much room and the nodding, bell-shaped, checkered flowers weave well in and amongst fuller spring perennials. These are also called Guinea Hen flowers because the flower markings are much like the feather patterns on some breeds of guinea fowl. Deer and rodent resistant. These bulbs are nursery propagated, not collected from the wild.