I am sure I’m not the only one guilty of planting a bulb and then six month later, when it pokes out from the ground, having absolutely no recollection of what it was. Take this little guy for instance. I bought a bag of bulbs from Costco last fall — 30 were crocuses and 15 were daffodils. The other 5 were a species I couldn’t have remembered if my life depended on it.
I kept looking at the leaves thinking…hm…a lily of some kind? A few friends thought hibiscus. My husband swore they were alliums. Finally once the first flower bloomed, I showed a picture to another friend who does wedding bouquets as a side business and she figured it out.
Fritillaria. Or technically: Fritillaria imperialis Rubra Maxima.
Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, but who cares if I can barely pronounce it — it sure looks pretty!
And according to these pictures, as it gets more mature and has more blooms, we are in for a treat.