My Plant of the Month 3/12 – Snake’s head Fritillary

Merry April 1st everyone! Spring is finally here!

My plant of this month is my favourite plant of all time, it just so happens to flower in April. It is the Snake’s head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) which part of the Liliaceae family.

This delicate flower has a stunning checkerboard pattern on its petals and droops downwards towards the soil. They grow best in full sun or partial shade and in a variety of soil types.

I first saw this plant around a year ago whilst working on Gardeners’ World and I have loved it ever since.

I have tried to grow it in my garden this year, but it was smothered by other plants and weeds, so hasn’t been overly successful. I only have one or two who have survived my mad weed-removing rampage.

But I popped along to B&Q today though for a new hose pipe and they had loads of Snake’s heads in flower… I had to take a couple of photos!


For more info on the beautiful Fritillaria meleagris, pop along to the RHS website for all the info you will need, and tips on how to grow them in your own garden.

Mucho love – Amy x