The Imperial Fritillary (Fritillaria imperialis) is a flowering plant in the Liliaceae family. It is also known as the Crown Imperial or Kaiser’s Crown because its flowers look like a crown.
It is native to the Anatolian plateau of Turkey, Iraq, and Iran, from the Kurdistan region to Afghanistan, Pakistan, northern India, and the Himalayas.
It grows to about 100 centimetres (39 inches) tall.
It has glossy, spear-shaped leaves.
The large, pendulous, orange flowers hang downward. At the top of the stem is a small crown of short leaves. In the wild, the flowers are orange, but other colours, such as red and yellow, have been cultivated.
The Imperial Fritillary blooms in late spring.
Photographed in the Paris Botanical Garden, France, April 2021
Photographer: Martina Nicolls