The fritillary, also know as frit in the floral industry, is an absolutely gorgeous and super unique spring blooming flower with over 100 varieties. The distinct downward-facing blossoms are bell-shaped, saucer-shaped or tubular. On this Friday I am highlighting three of our most favorite varieties: snake’s head, imperialis and persica.Source1 Source2 Source3
Snake’s head fritillary produces fine bells of maroon or reddish purple and white chequers that look very exotic in both bouquets and gardens. Native to England, this delicate bloom as seen top left, is an absolute favorite of wedding florists if we are lucky enough to snag them in the spring.
Next up, the imperialis variety is a beautiful burnt orange-red with delicate veining and the typical downward-facing bell-shaped blooms. Add this unusual profile to your table centerpieces for a guaranteed conversation starter. The imperialis variety prefers to grow in full sun making it a great choice for floral arrangements at the outdoor ceremony and reception.
Lastly, the persica variety has narrow, bell-shaped flowers of rich plum purple, almost black, alternating up the stem, which can range from 1 to 4 feet tall. These dark blooms create a gorgeous backdrop for other light-colored flowers in bouquets and centerpieces and their long stems add height and beautiful shape to large garden-style arrangement.
At the end of the day all three varieties of fritillary are a treat for the eyes in practically any setting as their unusual profiles draw your attention like a magnet. Providing both elegance and and a loose, natural feel frit can help create architecturally stunning floral displays.