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Common Name: Purple Fritillary
Fritillaria atropurpurea is a Bulb up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Western N. America - California to Oregon, N. Dakota and New Mexico.
Humus rich damp soils under trees and shrubs in valleys and open woods, also in mountains to near the timberline, at elevations of 1000 - 3200 metres[
A woodland plant, preferring light soils[
]. It is best grown in a well-drained sandy woodland soil[
]. Plants are best grown in a bulb frame and kept rather dry in summer[
]. Water should be withheld in summer or hot spells[
Closely related to F. pinetorum[
Bulb - raw or cooked[
]. Rich in starch[
]. Rather small, it is usually less than 15mm in diameter[
The plant has been pulverized into a salve and applied to scrofulous swellings[
Seed - best sown as soon as ripe in a cold frame, it should germinate in the spring[
]. Protect from frost[
]. Stored seed should be sown as soon as possible and can take a year or more to germinate[
]. 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[
]. 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.