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Crown Imperial

Attracts Butterflies, Not Deer!
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Crown Imperial

Thanks to its unique flower form and bright red color, this exotic perennial lures beneficial pollinators like butterflies, bees and hummingbirds to the landscape. However, hungry deer, rabbits and rodents won't bother with the plant. In fact, planting Crown Imperials in your garden protects the other flowers and plants as well. Each leafless, 24-36" tall stem features a cluster, or "crown," of large bell-shaped flowers on top. Their unusual good looks make Crown Imperials ideal for container gardens, sunny borders and cutting beds. Blooms in mid to late spring, and prefers a sun-filled, well-drained spot in which to thrive. Stems are sturdy and stay upright during the rainy spring season. Zones 3-8.
Product Details
  • SeasonFall
  • Unit of Measure1 bulb per offer
  • FormBulb
  • LightFull sun to partial shade.
  • Height36 - 48 inches.
  • Spread12 inches.
  • Spacing12 inches.
  • Zones4 - 8
  • FoliageGreen foliage.
  • Flower FormTopped with a crown veined in rich gold.
  • ColorBurnt orange-red flowers with delicate veining.
  • BloomsMid-spring for 1 - 3 weeks.
  • Soil RequirementsWell-drained soil.
  • Growth RateModerate growth rate. Should grow to full height and bloom first season.
  • PruningAllow the foliage to die down naturally. Leaves provide nourishment for the bulbs to produce future growth and blooming.
  • CommentsThey are most effective in groups of three or more for 3 - 5 foot area. Needs winter protection. Remove flowers as they fade. Leave foliage intact until it dies back naturally. Feed with a 5-10-5 fertilizer in the fall and as growth emerges in the spring. The strong smell of the bulbs does repel moles and other burrowing animals but the customer should not rely on this alone.
  • Botanical NameFritillaria imperialis rubra
  • Size20-22 cm bulb
  • Depth8 inches deep and tilted slightly so the hole in the bulb does not fill with water.
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