Persian lily ‘Ivory Bells’

Fritillaria persica ‘Ivory Bells’ or Persian lily ‘Ivory Bells’. This is a creamy white cultivated form of a favorite garden bulb.

The Persian lily ‘Ivory Bells’ can produce flowering stems up to 24 inches in height that are covered in up to 30 conical, bell-shaped flowers each up to 3/4-inchlong. Flowers emerge a greenish white, but mature to a creamy white. 

Fritillaria persica ‘Ivory Bells’ grows best when its large bulb is planted in well-drained soils with full-sun exposure. Given the native range of the species, Persian lily does well in sandy, rocky soils and hot, dry garden areas. Be careful to not plant bulbs in soils that remain wet for too long, as the large (and expensive) bulbs are susceptible to fungal rots.

Persian lily bulbs are somewhat uncommon in the horticultural trade and can be expensive to buy. Fritillaria persica will only bloom from large-sized bulbs, which take many years to produce before they can be sold to gardeners. Also, the scarlet lily beetle (Lilioceris lilii) can take a toll on plants by eating flowers, leaves, and stems. .

Botanical Name Fritillaria persica ‘Ivory Bells’
Common Name Persian lily ‘Ivory Bells’
Family Liliaceae
USDA Zone 5 thru 8
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest spring, summer
Height and Spread 1-3ft x 1-1.5ft (30-90cm x 30-45cm)
Flower Color White
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. Cultivated form of a plant native to the Middle East
Location in Lurie Garden Northeast Light Plate, Northwest Light Plate, Southeast Light Plate, Southwest Light Plate