Our native Snake’s head fritillaries are up at the moment. It is one of our most beautiful and striking wild flowers notable for its graceful form and intricate patterning: delicate purple and pink mosaic lamps hang down from slender red tinted stems. Snakes head fritillaries are found from Southern England to the Northern Balkans and Western Russia. In English gardens they can be successfully naturalised in grass and there is a pure white form which punctuates this kind of planting well.
This year, we’ve noticed damage to some of the flower heads caused by the Lily Beetle (Fritillaries are a member of the Lily family).
Words by Robert, photographs by Hannah