Fritillaria is a summer-dormant, bulbous plant boasting 170 species. The leafy stems hold bell-shaped flowers. It comes in purple, green, red, orange, and white. Its foliage colour is blue or green and chartreuse or gold. Fritillaria can be found across the Northern Hemisphere in areas with a dry summer climate.
Delicate and exotic, Fritillaria flower varieties are true lilies, growing from non-tunicate bulbs. Fritillaria imperialis or Crown Imperial is the most vibrant of the species, but some say it also has a scent reminiscent to that of skunk odour. Another variety of the wildflower Fritillaria lilies is the snakeshead lily, Fritillaria meleagris. This flower has a checkered or mottled pattern on the drooping blooms.