Fritillaria 'Lentune Vixen'

F. pinardii x (aurea x pinardii)

The result of pollinating Fritillaria pinardii with Fritillaria (aurea x pinardii). The seed was sown in September 2013 and this clone was singled out in 2019.

The sowing resulted in many and varied clones all of which look plausible as progeny of the intended parents - bearing in mind that wasps can easily intervene in the pollination process to spoil my intentions! This particular clone has a strong pinardii influence (reflecting its 75% pinardii parentage) but has a larger flower than its seed parent. It's essentially a very nice large flowered pinardii lookalike.

This is a sister seedling of F. 'Lentune Fox'.

Seed parent(F. pinardii)

Sourced from Janis Ruksans in 2007.

Janis' catalogue tells us “My stock is coming from Bozkir in Turkey, where it was collected at 1640 m (RIGA-032)”.

RIGA is R (Ruksans) I (Indra Seisums) G (Guna Ruksans) A (Arnis Seisums).

Pollen 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.