This charming bulbous species is throwing up flower spikes in the Dry Garden.
A native of southern Turkey, Iran and Israel, Fritillaria persica is a sturdy and distinct fritillary, growing to 1m in height. The erect stems are clothed in alternate grey-green, glaucous leaves, while the campanulate (bell-shaped) flowers produce an erect raceme. The straight species varies in colour from a sultry, deep maroon to a creamy-green. Here colour forms from both ends of the spectrum can be seen. ‘Adiyaman’, which is the selection name given on the label, is a free-flowering, brown-purple selection. F. persica will flourish in the open garden if given fertile, well-drained soil and full sun.