I fell in love with “Fritillaria meleagris” years ago when visiting Glasgow, Scotland. The entire, forested front lawn of Charles Rennie MacIntosh’s Hill House was carpeted with these delicate little flowers. They stand only about eight inches tall, and their dangling heads shiver in the slightest breeze. I once got them to bloom back home, nestled in between the roots of an oak, which sheltered them from the notorious Chicago wind. Their speckled appearance has given them the nicknames “Guinea Hen Flower” and “Snake’s Head.”

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