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The showiest member of the fritillaria family, the crown imperial is an exotic-looking plant that produces clusters of pendulous 4-inch orange, yellow or red blooms beneath a spiky crown of green leaves. Plant in groupings and conceal dying foliage with leafy companion plants, such as ornamental grasses, ferns and hostas. Deer-resistant, the crown imperial's leaves emit a skunklike odor when crushed.
USDA zones: 3 to 8
Sun requirement: Full to partial shade
Height: 2 to 4 feet
Bloom time: April and May
Planting tips: Plant quickly to prevent drying out. Tip the bulb or place on its side to keep water from pooling in the top indent.