is a species of flowering plant of the genus Fritillaria, family Liliaceae, native to a wide stretch from Anatolia and Iraq across the plateau of Iran (Fig 1: G and H) to Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Himalayan foothills.
Gilani AH, Shaheen F, Christopoulos A, Mitchelson F (1997) Interactions of ebeinone, an alkaloid from Fritillaria imperialis
, and two muscarinic acetylcholine receptor subtypes.
For a bold alternative, try the funky Fritillaria imperialis
known as Crown Imperial.
A real show stopper of a bulb is Fritillaria imperialis
'Aurora', which adds a touch of the tropics to any contemporary garden with its fine orange blooms and grows to around a metre tall, so provides height to any setting.
I would love to have a really big colony of the wonderfully showy Crown Imperial, Fritillaria imperialis
, but the high price of the bulbs limits me to a small clump.
The fritillaria imperialis
(Crown Imperial) has large bulbs, as large as four inches in diameter.
PLANT IN THE GARDEN: Far and away the most spectacular, the crown imperial, Fritillaria imperialis
, often graces the front gardens of small cottages where it may have grown for scores of years.
The yellow one is the Crown Imperial - Fritillaria imperialis
Yellow primroses are definite contenders as are miniature daffies and other spring bulbs such as the yellow crown imperial, fritillaria imperialis
The crown imperial, fritillaria imperialis
, left, eventually throws up a 3ft spike in early summer topped with large heads of dusky orange bells.
A real show-stopper of a bulb is Fritillaria imperialis
Aurora which adds a touch of the tropics with its orange blooms.
, the crown imperial, is the most impressive, growing up to 1.
Even more impressive are the statuesque flowers of the crown imperial, fritillaria imperialis
FOR plants that dazzle in the dark you won't beat crown imperial, Fritillaria imperialis
FOR sheer glamour there's nothing to beat the size and impact of the crown imperial or Fritillaria imperialis
, which stands up to 3ft tall with huge orange or yellow bells that hang in a pendant cluster above glossy green leaves throughout April.