Flora! Illuminated… Day 6

Fritillaria

Fritillaria

P. Filippo Arena. From La Natura, e Cultura dei Fiori, 1771. Engraving.

From Latin fritillus, a dice-box, referring to the shape of the capsules, or alternatively to the chequered pattern on the flowers of many species, reminiscent of the traditional decoration on a dice-box.

The New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening

And you thought you were having an identity crisis? Checkered Lily, Snake’s Head Fritillary, Guinea-Hen Flower, Chess Flower, Frog-cup and Leper Lily – are all common names for the same plant – our featured Fritillaria meleagris! Read the Royal Horticultural Society’s insightful essay on The Naming of Plants to learn more about common and scientific names of plants.

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APPLE

Apple

BANANA

Banana

CHRYSANTHEMUM

Chrysanthemum

DANDELION

Dandelion

EUCALYPTUS

Eucalyptus

FRITILLARIA

Fritillaria

GRAPES

HAWTHORN

IRIS

JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT

KOELREUTERIA PANICULATA

LILY

MAGNOLIA

NARCISSUS

OLIVE

PINE

QUERCUS

RHODODENDRON

SUNFLOWER

TULIP

ULMUS

VIOLET

WISTERIA

XYLOBIUM SQUALENS

YEW

ZINNIA

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