Crown Imperial is the common name for Fritillaria imperials. These beautiful spring blooming bulbs come in shades of orange, yellow, brick red and a combination of orange – red. They attain a height of about 3 to 4 feet, making them a spectacular addition to a perennial bed.
Hardy to zone 4, Crown Imperials prefer full sun and well drained soil. If they are planted in a soggy location, most likely the bulbs will rot. They repel gophers, chipmunks, deer and squirrels due to the musky type smell.
Plant the bulbs in fall for spring bloom. You can find the complete range of colors of orange, orange red, yellow and brick red on line at McClure and Zimmerman, an amazing bulb company. Their web site is http://www.mzbulb.com.