More on Fritillarias
To learn a bit more about fritillarias, read this article about them at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Web site. Also visit England's Cambridge University Web site. Cambridge has England's national collection of fritillarias. If the fritillaria bug really bites, check out the Fritillaria Group Web page of the Alpine Garden Society in England.
The Gardener's Guide to Growing Fritillaries, by Michael Jefferson-Brown and Kevin Pratt (Timber Press, 1997; $29.95), is a complete, practical guide to growing these beauties. The book includes history, botany, cultivation, propagation, and breeding, as well as a comprehensive description of the various species. Besides color photographs to aid in identification, there also are lots of garden shots to give you ideas of how to use them in the landscape.