WHAT: Fritillaria imperialis, also known as Fritillaria Crown Imperial, towers over other perennials at 3 to 4 feet. It blooms early in the spring with a very showy vertical display of lance-shaped shiny leaves.
Neither deer nor rodents like fritillaria, which is good news for Northwest gardeners. It has an unusual odor, so would be well placed for show, not aroma.
SUN OR SHADE: Fritillaria performs well in either full or part sun.
SIZE: A tall perennial, it grows to 3 or 4 feet tall.
SEE IT: At the Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens in the Master Gardeners Demonstration Border; 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; for more information see www.evergreenarboretum.com; 425-257-8597
Source: Sandra Schumacher/Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens Foundation