Fritillaria uva vulpis


Fritillaria uva vulpis in a 9cm starter pot.

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Fritillaria uva-vulpis, also known as Snake’s Head Fritillaria, is a perennial bulbous plant that is native to Europe and Asia. It is known for its bell-shaped flowers that have a unique, checkerboard pattern on the petals. The flowers are usually brownish-purple or brownish-green in color and bloom in early spring. The plant also has narrow, linear leaves that are usually dark green in color. It grows to a height of 0.5m and width of 0.1m. It prefers full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. It is also drought tolerant once established. It’s suitable for planting in rock gardens, as an accent plant in a mixed border or in naturalized areas. The Fritillaria uva-vulpis is a beautiful and unique plant that adds a touch of color and texture to any garden.

Key Facts

  • Common Name(s):Fox’s grape fritillary
  • Hardiness:Fully hardy through most of the UK
  • How big will I get? Fritillaria uva-vulpis can grow to a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.1m.
  • Did You Know That:Fritillaria uva-vulpis is also known as Snake’s Head Fritillary, due to the unusual, nodding bell-shaped flowers that resemble the head of a snake?

Plant Calendar

A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.

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Flowering Time
Foliage Colour

Care Guide

Soil Requirements

Fritillaria uva-vulpis prefers soil with good drainage and does not tolerate standing water. This plant can grow in soil with a wide range of pH levels, it is not picky about the pH level of the soil.

Best Position

Fritillaria uva-vulpis prefers a sheltered position and requires full sun to thrive, this consists of more than six hours of direct sunshine per day.


Fritillaria uva-vulpis is fairly low maintenance and doesn’t require any pruning.

Pest, Diseases and Wildlife

Fritillaria uva-vulpis can have problems with slugs, and it tends not to have problems with diseases.

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