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Wow!® Crown Imperial Collection

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5 for $102.95 $39.99

  • Light: Sun to Partial Shade
  • Size: 24+ cm bulbs
  • Zone: 3 to 8
  • Bloom Time: Mid Spring
  • Height: 32 - 44 inches
  • Soil Requirement: Well drained
  • Deer Resistant
  • Attract Bees

  • SKU: 76234
  • Availability: Out of Season

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Celebrate the Tried and True
It has been 200 years since Breck's first opened its doors, so for our Bicentennial Anniversary year, we've created a collection of crown imperials, a plant that's been a treasured part of our offering since the early days.

Crown imperials bear a unique form, rising high to add distinctive vertical interest in a mixed border. Look inside the massive Wow!-sized blooms, and you'll see an intricate flower form, featuring hazy garnet-ivory nectaries peeking out around the long, elegant stamen. After the blooms, you have unusually shaped, beautiful seed pods to anticipate.

Crown imperials are useful for other reasons, too. The slight musky odor wouldn't seem like a benefit, except that it actually deters mice, moles and other small rodents—probably the prettiest way to protect your flower beds from hungry critters. Also, bees are crazy about the blooms, because this plant is a nectar jackpot!

Crown Imperials Meet their Match
Breck's Wow!® Crown Imperial Collection blooms at the same time as our Wow!® Perennial Tulips, and the two plant forms are perfect for companion planting. Position the crown imperial bulbs in the middle of your Wow! tulip planting, and they'll shoot up high, hanging their downward-facing flowers above the tulips' upright blooms as a vertically interesting accent.

• Pollinator Friendly.
• Keeps moles and rodents away.

This collection includes:

  • 3 Rubra Maxima: Crown Imperial Maxima Lutea has been in cultivation since 1867. It grows 3' tall with large yellow flowers. Fritillaria imperialis

  • 2 Maxima Lutea: Crown Imperial Rubra Maxima has been in cultivation since 1665, winning the RHS Award of Merit in 1931 and the First Class Certificate RHS in 1944. It grows 3' tall as well, with big red blooms. Fritillaria imperialis

  • Product Details
    • Botanical Name Fritillaria imperialis 'Maxima Lutea' & 'Rubra Maxima'
    • Form Perennial
    • Hardiness Zone 3-8
    • Flowering Time Mid spring
    • Light Requirements Sun to Partial Shade
    • Flower Color Yellow flowers with delicate veining & burnt orange-red flowers with delicate veining.
    • Flower Form Large, 3-4" bell-shaped flowers in clusters hang below a tuft of foliage.
    • Foliage Type Leaves at the base of the stem are either in whorls or alternate, upper part of stem is bare except for tuft at top above flowers.
    • Growth Rate Medium
    • Zones 3 to 8
    • Height/Habit 32 - 44 inches
    • Spread 10 - 12 inches
    • Planting Instructions 6-8" deep and 10-12" apart
    • Soil Requirements Well drained
    • Will Tolerate Acidic Soil, Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil
    • Pruning Let foliage die down naturally. Leaves provide nourishment for the bulbs to produce future growth and blooming.
    Shipping Information

    Breck's Shipping Schedule

    We will pack and ship your order based on the following schedule.

    2019 Spring Shipping Schedule
    ZONESBareroot Perennials & Bulbs
    1AB - 5A3/19/19- 6/16/19
    5B2/26/19 - 6/16/19
    6A - 10AB2/19/19 - 6/16/19
    Last Order Date 6/18/2019

    1AB - 5A4/16/19- 6/1/19
    5A4/12/19 - 6/1/19
    5B3/19/19 - 6/1/19
    6A & 6B3/5/19 - 6/1/19
    7A & 7B2/26/19 - 6/1/19
    8A & 8B2/19/19 - 6/1/19
    9A - 10B1/22/19 - 6/1/19
    Last Order Date 5/28/2019

    2019 Fall Shipping Schedule
    Zones Iris
    1AB-7A 8/13/19 - 11/2/19
    7B-13B 8/22/19 - 11/2/19
    Last Order Date 10/29/19

    ZONES Bulbs from Holland
    1AB-5AB 8/15/19 - 12/16/19
    6AB-7AB 8/22/19 - 12/16/19
    8AB-13AB 8/29/19 - 12/16/19
    Last Order Date 12/12/2019

    ZONES Bareroot Perennials
    1AB-13B 9/6/19 - 11/16/19
    Last Order Date 11/12/2019

    Shipping Notes:

    The type of product you order or the weather in our area or your area may affect the anticipated shipping schedule above.

    Based on the contents of your order we always strive to ship your order complete, and as early as possible in the planting season to allow for the best root development once planted.

    To promote optimum stress protection in transit and your success in the garden, bareroot perennials are kept in the ground in our nurseries until fully dormant. In the Fall these plants tend to arrive at the later end of the shipping window above.

    In all cases, we choose the fastest, most efficient way to delivery your orders via the USPS or FedEx. Large orders may be shippied in more than one package.

    Bulb and perennial shipments direct from Holland are harvested in July and August dependent on the season and crop. Once fully inspected and packaged they are shippied direct to you in the most efficient manner to follow the dates above.

    Upon placing your order you will receive an email confirmation with the details of your order and a delivery estimate.

    You will also receive an email notification when your order actually ships with an updated arrival estimate.

    At any time after you place your order you can check your order status on our website using your email or the account number found in your order confirmation email.

    Gift Certificates are shipped immediately.

    If they are in stock, Garden Essentials ship within 4-7 days.

    Please note that we cannot ship outside the 48 contiguous states.

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    United States
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    Up to $40.00 order- $9.95
    $40.01 to $60.00- $12.95
    $60.01 to $80.00- $14.95
    $80.01 to $100.00- $16.95
    $100.01 to over- $18.95
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