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Early Fantasy Crown Imperial

Fritillaria raddeana Early Fantasy
SKU: HC008534
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No longer available this season.
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.
key features
Botanical Name
Fritillaria raddeana Early Fantasy
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant
Soil Moisture
Waterwise, Average
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height
40-44" tall
Bloom Time
Mid to late spring


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.