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What is this unusual plant

I spotted this large very bright plant on its own, growing wild in a local park 
does anyone recognise it please ? 


  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,605
    Fritillaria imperialis, also known as crown imperial.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,564
    smells the same as cannabis, I'm told
  • WAMSWAMS Posts: 1,833
    I love that.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,605
    I don't know about that @Hostafan1 . I find their scent kind of musty and unpleasant. Some people say it's a foxy smell.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • It has a foxy smell, comes also in yellow.
    needs well drained soil and sun.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,564
    I read a garden centre reviews where the customer said
     " the staff were "obviously  smoking cannabis" as the smell near the staff room was overpowering " 
    The boss explained it was the flowers and asked her to remove the posting. 
    I  know nothing about cannabis. I have NO vices.  o:)
  • Amazing thank you !
    native to Turkey and Iraq apparently 
    how odd to see one growing wild in Norfolk of all places 
    really appreciate the answer, I’d been trying to find it myself without any luck at all :) 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,564
    you'll find it in Autumn when the daffs and tulips bulbs go on sale 
  • I was on the right path with looking at Lily’s at least !  :) 
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 5,043
    @lola allington If yo decide to try them they need to be planted on grit on their sides lots of info on line. I have never seen a red one before.
    Building a garden is very personal. It's not quite the same as installing a boiler.
    James Alexander Sinclair 
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