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.
Zones5 - 8
Advantages
Bee Friendly
Deer Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
Mature Plant Size40-44" tall
Bulb Spacing1 bulb per sq. ft.
Bloom TimeMid to late spring
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SizeBag of 1
SKUHC008534

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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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.
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SKUHC008534
Common Name
Early Fantasy Crown Imperial
Botanical Name
Fritillaria raddeana Early Fantasy
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color
Pink, Orange
Mature Height
40-44" tall
Bulb Spacing
1 bulb per sq. ft.
Flower Bulb Size
20-24 cm
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
Advantages
Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20"
Soil Type
Drought / Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Well Draining
Item Package Size
Bag of 1
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Planting Time
Fall
Ideal Region
Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Item Unit Of Measure
Bulb
Ships To Canada
No
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