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Fritillaria viridea

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Fritillaria viridea

Species Name: Fritillaria viridea
Common Name: San Benito Fritillary

Beautiful greenish lily-like flowers. Does well in dry shade, such as under an oak canopy. Needs dry conditions when dormant and prefers serpentine soils.

Plant Family: Liliaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Height by Width: 6" to 8" H
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun, shade inland
Soil Preference: Serpentine soils
Water Requirements: Occasional water (if no rain) during growth; dry when dormant
Cold Hardy to: 32 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Green
Endangered?: Listed 1B.2
Distribution: South Coast Ranges (San Benito, San Luis Obispo counties.).
Natural Habitat: Serpentine slopes with elevation: 200–1500 m.



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