Fritillaria 'Lentune Joker'

F. (aurea x pinardii) x grandiflora

The result of pollinating Fritillaria (aurea x pinardii) with Fritillaria grandiflora.

The seed was sown in September 2013 and this clone first flowered in 2019.

The sowing resulted in a relatively sparse germination and this is the only clone that has flowered to date. The influence clearly favours the seed parent and whilst the pollen parent may indeed be F. grandiflora, it is also possible that a wasp intervened and thwarted my intentions!

Seed parent(F. aurea x pinardii)

Sourced from Kath Dryden around the turn of the millennium. Kath's catalogue provided no information about provenance. The literature contains various references to this hybrid (both natural and man-made).

  • The Frit Group ‘Journal’ No13 Pg21 (Autumn 2003) refers to a wild hybrid F. aurea x pinardii collected by Martyn Rix under the number Rix1603.

  • The Roger Phillips & Martyn Rix book 'Bulbs' contains photos of Rix1601 & Rix1602 (found in central Turkey). The example of Rix1602 in this book looks like my plant. The text refers to hybrids made between Rix1602 and F. aurea.

  • Rod Johnson had seedlings of F aurea x fleischeri (F. fleischeri is a synonym of F. pinardii). The source of Rod’s seed is unknown.

  • The Kevin Pratt book has a picture of this hybrid but it is much closer to pinardii than my own plant.

  • Bob & Rannveig Wallis had a plant of Rix1602 at Chesterfield 2010 but this did not match my own plant (alas I have no photo!)

  • Ian Young has a picture on his bulb log that looks much closer to mine. It is his own raising from seed received from Gothenburg and is probably unlikely to be Kath's source of material. See

  • I have a picture of Rix1601 in the RBGE exhibit at Hexham 2013 – this differs significantly from my own plant and indeed tallies with the photo of Rix1601 in the 'Bulbs' book.

In conclusion: I think my plant is Rix1602 but cannot be certain.

Pollen parent(F. grandiflora)

Grown from seed given to me by Dieter Zschummel (Germany) and tracing back to Kiev Botanic Garden in Ukraine. NB I've seen plants from this stock mistakenly labelled as originating from Kew Botanic Gardens. Dieter labelled it Kiew since this is the German spelling for Kiev, and so it's easy to see how the mistake has occurred!

The seed was sown in 2001 and this photo was taken in 2008.