Early Fantasy Crown Imperial




Crown Imperial ‘Early Fantasy’ (Fritillaria imperialis ‘Early Fantasy’) warms the garden with rich apricot hues. Stately plants with tall 36-40" stems hold a ring of large, bell-shaped flowers, topped with a crown of small leaves. ‘Early Fantasy’s’ large petals are peach-pink, fading to apricot and it blooms from early- to- mid-spring. Great for the back of a perennial border, or where their height and form can be appreciated, these big plants are easily visible across a yard. Deer and rabbit resistant, they like average/sandy, moist and well-drained soil in a sunny location.

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Zones 5 - 8
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
Bulb Spacing1 bulb per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
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Crown Imperial ‘Early Fantasy’ (Fritillaria imperialis ‘Early Fantasy’) showers the garden with an early-to-mid spring display of peachy-apricot blooms. The flowers are spectacular and hang like bells from the tall (40"), thin-leaved stems. Alone they can be used at the back of a border, or bring them forward to line an entry or path. Plant with Muscari or other lower growing spring bulbs for a memorable display. When happy, they will return in the same location year after year—their key requirements are well-drained soil. They prefer moderately moist, sandy soil and full sun-to-dappled shade. Fritillaria’s scent, while a bit musky, will deter deer and squirrels from your garden too. Once the flowers have faded and the leaves have died back, cut back the stems and mark the spot where they will return. For best success, plant Fritillaria bulbs at a 45-degree angle so they don't fill with water and rot.
Common Name Early Fantasy Crown Imperial
Botanical Name Fritillaria raddeana Early Fantasy
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Pink, Orange
Mature Height 40-44" tall
Bulb Size 20-24 cm
Bulb Spacing 1 bulb per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 8" deep. Plant bulb at a 45 degree angle so that water doesn't sit in the stem hole of the bulb.
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
Plant Type - Bulb Perennial
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Well Draining
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Bee Friendly
Ideal Region Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Turned out very well in their first season


from Denver, CO

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Fritillaria raddeana Early Fantasy:

    These came up small but sturdy in their first spring. I expect that they will increase in size as the bulbs mature.

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    Pretty and hard-working!


    from Kanab UT 4900ft elevation high desert

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Fritillaria raddeana Early Fantasy:

        Wow, I was really impressed with this beautiful and unusual looking plant! It came up so early (with the hyacinth and crocus), and its strong stem kept growing even as it bloomed.
        The leaves are glossy and healthy and it really added interest to an otherwise bare planting bed.
        We had severe windstorms while it was putting on its show, yet the stems and blooms withstood the battering.
        I'd say that this one is a winner!

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