fritillaria

The spring blooms of Frittilaria bring an exotic magic to the garden. It is as if the pendant bell shaped flowers are waiting to be worn by a fairy as a hat or skirt. A visit to Catherine Creek in Washington or Tom McCall nature preserve past Mosier, Oregon offer an opportunity to experience these magical flowers in the wild.

Frittilaria have an incredible menagerie of colors in patterns from solid pale yellow to dusky purple with yellow tips. The dainty Frittilaria meleagris, a native species, holds stunning purple and white checkered bells 6-8” above the soil. They pair beautifully with primroses, mondo grass or rhododendrons. The magestic Frittilaria imperalis offer a taller, bolder look with spires of orange or yellow bells, and combine well with the colorful foliage of Heuchera or feathery gold foliage of Tanacetum ‘Isla Gold’.

Since these bulbs enjoy a dry dormant season in the summer they are excellent candidates for planting under deciduous trees, rock gardens and garden beds with minimal irrigation in the summer. They add an incredibly unique look to any container or well drained garden bed, something a little different for that early spring bulb display.

Here at Portland Nursery we carry a few species potted in the spring and a larger selection of bulbs in the fall.

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Fritillaria affinis

Purple flowers checkered with yellow/green spots.

F. imperialis

Fritillaria imperialis

Large bright flowers of yellow, orange, or red. Grows 3-4’ tall and 16” wide. Hardy in zones 4-7. Bulbs available in fall.

Fritillaria meleagris

Fritillaria meleagris

Bell shaped checkered maroon, dark purple and/or murky pink. Grows 7-8” tall and 2” wide. Hardy in zones 4-9.

F. persica

Fritillaria persica

Lace-like leaves, bell shaped with plum and gray colored blooms. Grows 4-36” tall and 3” wide. Grows well in damp fertile soil, hardy in zones 5-9.

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Fritillaria uva vulpis

Bell shaped flowers with dark brown exterior, and yellow interior. Plant as bulbs. Hardy in zones 3-10

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.

Perennials

Actaea: Bugbane

Natives

Native Actaea: Bugbane

Perennials

Agastache: Hyssop

Perennials

Anemone: Windflower

Perennials

Aquilegia: Columbine

Natives

Native Aquilegia: Columbine

Perennials

Artemisia

Natives

Asarum: Wild Ginger

Natives

Asclepias: Milkweed

Perennials

Aster

Perennials

Astilbe: False Spirea

Perennials

Bellium: Miniature Daisy

Perennials

Bergenia: Pigsqueak

Perennials

Brunnera: Bugloss

Perennials

Canna Lily

Natives

Camassia: Camas

Perennials

Chrysanthemum

Perennials

Coreopsis: Tickweed

Perennials

Corydalis

Perennials

Cyclamen

Bulbs

Dahlia

Bulbs

Delosperma: Ice Plant

Perennials

Delphinium: Larkspur

Perennials

Dianthus: Carnation

Perennials

Dicentra: Bleeding Heart

Natives

Dodecatheon: Shooting Star

Perennials

Echinacea: Coneflower

Perennials

Epimedium

Natives

Erigeron: Fleabane

Natives

Eriophyllum: Oregon Sunshine

Perennials

Erodium: Alpine Geranium

Perennials

Eupatorium: Joe-Pye Weed

Perennials

Euphorbia: Spurge

Natives

Fragaria: Wild Strawberry

Bulbs

Fritillaria

Perennials

Hardy Fuchsia

Perennials

Hardy Geranium

Perennials

Geum: Avens

Perennials

Helenium: Sneezeweed

Perennials

Hellebore

Perennials

Hellebore: Gold Collection

Perennials

Hellebore: Winter Jewel

Perennials

Heuchera: Coral Bells

Perennials

Hosta: Plantain Lily

Perennials

Iberis: Candytuft

Bulbs

Iris

Natives

Native Iris

Perennials

Kniphofia: Red Hot Poker

Perennials

Leptinella

Perennials

Leucanthemum: Shasta Daisy

Natives

Lewisia: Bitterroot

Perennials

Ligularia

Perennials

Monarda: Bee Balm

Perennials

Moss

Bulbs

Narcissus: Daffodil

Perennials

Paeonia: Peony

Perennials

Papaver: Poppy

Perennials

Parahebe

Natives

Penstemon: Beard Tongue

Perennials

Perovskia: Russian Sage

Perennials

Primula: Primrose

Perennials

Rudbeckia: Black-eyed Susan

Perennials

Salvia

Perennials

Santolina: Lavender Cotton

Perennials

Sedum

Perennials

Evergreen Sedum

Natives

Native Sedum: Stonecrop

Perennials

Sempervivum: Hen & Chicks

Natives

Sidalcea: Checker Mallow

Natives

Sisyrinchium

Blue-eyed Grass
Natives

Solidago: Goldenrod

Natives

Synthyris: Native Figwort

Perennials

Top Shade Perennials

Perennials

Top Sun Perennials

Perennials

Tricyrtis: Toad Lily

Natives

Trillium: Wake Robin

Bulbs

Tulip

Natives

Vancouveria: Inside-out Flower

Perennials

Vinca: Periwinkle

Perennials

Viola: Violet

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Native Viola: Violet

Perennials

Zantedeschia: Calla Lily