One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Asian fritillary (plant) with a cluster of bell-like flowers at the top of a tall, largely bare stem.
Fritillaria imperialis, family Liliaceae
- ‘They range from the little squills and snowdrops that bring touches of spring color to rock gardens, to the stately and exotic presences of the large alliums and crown imperials.’
- ‘But I honestly haven't had any success with crown imperials and related varieties/species except on my sand berm, which gets rapid, excellent drainage.’
- ‘If the weather cooperates, crown imperials will bloom for Easter.’
- ‘Many new tulips are sporting boldly variegated leaves, as are crown imperials, camassias, and irises.’
- ‘In due time a trial was made of crown imperials, and we obtained a collection of about a dozen sorts, of which we potted in the autumn about twenty bulbs of each.’
- ‘Bulbs that are rarely eaten or troubled by animals include hyacinths, narcissus, crocuses, eranthis, crown imperials, snowdrops, bluebells, snowflakes, grape hyacinths, and scillas.’
- ‘Other bulbs deer, rabbits and voles seem to avoid include squill, grape hyacinths, crown imperials, glory of the snow, winter aconite, and snowdrops and each year the drift becomes more intense and beautiful.’
- ‘He observed crown imperials which were flowering in the university's botanic gardens during the springs of 1986, 1987 and 1988.’
- ‘From the unusual, highly variable patterns of checkered lilies to the fragrance of yellow fritillary to the wild party hat appearance of the crown imperials, these are fun flowers.’
- ‘Are the crown imperials just like the other spring bulbs where they need to die naturally before cutting to the ground?’
- ‘Dahlias and tiger lilies, introduced just 40 or 50 years earlier, were already enormously popular, and crown imperials, anemones, and ranunculus, favorites since the 1600s, were much more widely planted than they are today.’
- ‘The spectacular crown imperial was introduced to western Europe from Constantinople in 1576… More’
- ‘These may include daffodils, tulips and crown imperials in May, to Scotch thistle and peonies in early summer through to late blooming phlox, rudbeckias and perennial sunflowers.’
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