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Fritillaria roylei - Hook.f.

Common Name
Family Liliaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Alpine slopes and in shrubberies, 2700 - 4000 metres, from Pakistan to Uttar Pradesh[51].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Fritillaria roylei


Fritillaria roylei

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Fritillaria roylei is a BULB growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from April to May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Antiasthmatic  Antirheumatic  Febrifuge  Galactogogue  Haemostatic  Ophthalmic  Oxytoxic

The bulb is antiasthmatic, antirheumatic, febrifuge, galactogogue, haemostatic, ophthalmic and oxytocic[46, 61, 178]. It is boiled with orange peel and used in the treatment of TB and asthma[240].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Cultivation details

This species is easily grown in a cold greenhouse but is difficult to grow outdoors in Britain[42]. In the wild it is under snow for 6 months of the year and is baked by the sun for the rest of the year[42]. Very closely related to and merging into F. cirrhosa in the eastern part of its range[90]. Famous in Chinese medicine, where it is called Pé-mou, it is sold as a medicinal herb in local markets there[42, 61]. Flowers are produced in 3 - 5 years from seed.

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as ripe in a cold frame, it should germinate in the spring[1]. Protect from frost[134]. Stored seed should be sown as soon as possible and can take a year or more to germinate[134]. Sow the seed quite thinly to avoid the need to prick out the seedlings. Once they have germinated, give them an occasional liquid feed to ensure that they do not suffer mineral deficiency. Once they die down at the end of their second growing season, divide up the small bulbs, planting 2 - 3 to an 8cm deep pot. Grow them on for at least another year in light shade in the greenhouse before planting them out whilst dormant. Division of offsets in August[1]. The larger bulbs can be planted out direct into their permanent positions, but it is best to pot up the smaller bulbs and grow them on in a cold frame for a year before planting them out in the autumn. Bulb scales[163].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Fritillaria camschatcensisKamchatka Lily, Kamchatka fritillaryBulb0.5 4-8  LMSNM40 
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Fritillaria pudicaYellow FritillaryBulb0.2 3-7  LMSNDM30 
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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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