Standing an impressive 3 feet tall and wearing a crown of yellow and orange flowers, Fritallaria imperialis, or crown imperial, nobly rules the April garden for 2 weeks.
Named after the imperial gardens in Vienna, the Fritallaria may not be a favorite when it comes to fragrance -it smells like overly ripe garlic. P-yew! But the rodents, deer and rabbits don't like it and I think it's majestic beauty more than makes up for its stinky smell. Actually its the bulb itself that smells and once planted I haven't detected an obnoxious odor.
It now comes in a stunning red but thus far I haven't seen any at the garden center so I may have to order them on-line. The bulbs are not cheap-fetching $8 and $9 each but they are reliably hardy.
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