With a dwarf stature and shiny, disproportionately large, brownish-purple bells, with a strong peppermint-green stripe along the petals, this spring plant, blooming between April and May, is a charmer, despite the the sombre sounding colours. The archetypal Greek fritillary, it is native to the Balkans (North-western Greece, Albania and southern Yugoslavia). where it thrives in woods, scrub and screes up to 2000m.
Sow seeds at any time covering them with compost or grit 5mm deep, keeping the seed pot in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination so be very patient as many species will only germinate in the spring after chilling or freezing in the moist seed tray in the winter. Grow on individual seedlings in small pots until of sufficient size to be potted on or planted out into the open ground.
Classification:Hardy bulb, Hardy perennial
Packet Content:20 (Approx)