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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    This tall spring bulb is crowned by a spike of maroon flowers above gray-green foliage and makes a striking addition to the spring garden. The bulb itself is strongly odoriferous which prevents the depredations of rodents.

    Latin Name

    Fritillaria persica


    Family

    Liliaceae


    Also Known As

    Persian Lily


    Type of Plant

    Bulbs

    Bloom Season

    May - June


    Seasons

    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 3'
    Max Spread: 1.5'

    Uses

  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Sun

    Tolerances

  • Black Walnut
  • Deer

  • Toxicity

    Do not ingest

    Colors


    Native Range

    Middle East


    History

    Introduced to English gardens in the 16th century, Persian lilies emigrated to the colonies by the end of the 18th century.


    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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