unique plant but smelly

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  1. barb s

    barb s Active Member

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    I have a whole bunch of Fritterillas ( spelling?) growing in my yard. They are very unique looking but don't have the nicest smell. Can anyone tell me some history of this plant

    Barb S
     
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    Do you mean Fritillaria?
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I find Wikipedia ([WIKI]Fritillaria[/WIKI] a good starting point to read more about plants - there are often resource links at the bottom of each articles. If you can identify what species / cultivar you have, that'll help in pinning down even better sources for reading.
     
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    I grow Chocolate Lilies,at least that was my mothers name for them,I think they are commonly called Checkered Lilies(Fritillaria Meleagris).Have not noticed that they are particularly smelly however they are a small delicate plant ,too far down for me to bend over for a whiff.Oh my aching back!
     
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    I believe the type of Fritillaria you are referring to is the Crown Imperial variety. As they pop out of the ground and begin to flower they exude a rather pungent skunky smell. The smell fades once the flowers open. The smell is actually a great deterrant against deer and other pests.
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    And against squirrels too. And very much so against would be vandals.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    A friend gave me a variegated one, I put the bulb in the garage when I got home - intending to plant it later. It disappeared and left behind a lingering skunky smell. I am sure a wharf rat (roof rat) got in there and ate it.

    So much for deterring pests such as squirrels (arboreal rodents).
     
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    Well Ron ,when your hungry ,you've got to eat!
    I put bulbs in pots when I get them,then if they begin to grow I can just put them out in the garden.
     
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    I have crown Imperial and it is supposed to deter moles...I think I lost mine because of all the mole tunnels underneath of it.
     

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