Fritillaria persica

Jane McGary
Sat, 26 May 2012 17:27:24 PDT
I don't know if 'Adiyaman' is a cultivar propagated by tissue culture 
or cutting, or a seed strain. Certainly F. persica does not offset much.

Anyway, about 25 years ago I bought some bulbs under that name that 
at least looked like the photos (large dark purple flowers on tall 
stems). I mistakenly planted them in the garden, where they 
eventually froze to death, but I got seed from them and grew about 5 
offspring that all look like the parents. I think it's probably a seed strain.

A few years later I bought some more bulbs under this name, but they 
have small brownish flowers. I planted them in the garden in a hotter 
spot, and as far as I know they're still there, producing their ugly 
flowers every year.

About 7 or 8 years ago I grew a lot of seedlings from a collection 
made in Iran by the Archibalds. All of them have flowered, and they 
are white, or whitish, and not as tall as the dark purple ones.

I also have one called the 'Petra form', from the Fritillaria Group 
(AGS) seed exchange; it has not flowered yet. I saw the species when 
visiting Petra, but that was in fall and it was not in growth, though 
I could identify the withered plant growing on a high ledge (where 
the tourists presumably could not pick it).

Jim wanted to know about growing the plants from seed. Just plant 
them in fall along with other Mediterranean species and keep them 
cool but not frozen. They should germinate the first year. The 
seedlings are fairly large and can be moved on after their first 
season in the seed pot.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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