Some common names for this flower are Snake's Head Fritillary, Checkered Lily and Guinea-hen Flower. Whatever you know them as, they are spring flowering bulbous plants belonging to the lily family. Their unique checkered pattern flowers can range from shades of white, cream, rose and burgundy.
Blooming in April on slender stems, the nodding bell-shaped flowers are exquisite when naturalized with ferns and other woodland plants. Left undisturbed, they quickly form sizable colonies. If planting them in your perennial border they look best if planted in groups of 10 or more. They are also an excellent choice for naturalizing.
Bulbs should be planted in the fall, the same time you are planting the rest of your spring blooming bulbs. It is always a good practice to mix a little bonemeal and peat in with the soil when planting most bulbs. Will not tolerate wet conditions over winter.
Fritillaria meleagris is a British native that does rather well in damp places where it can be naturalized as it is in Christ Church meadow, Oxford. It is best not to culivate around the plants, thereby leaving them undisturbed for as long as possible. Divide them only if the plants become so crowded that flowering ceases.