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Snakes' head fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) at Kew Gardens

Sponsoring one of Kew’s renowned bulb displays is a special way to celebrate the life of a loved one or to remember a special anniversary or family event.

The purple and white snakes’ head fritillary planted on the Riverside Walk and alongside the Princess Wal

The purple and white snakes’ head fritillary planted on the Riverside Walk and alongside the Princess Walk, flower in April.

Introducing snakes' head fritillary

Fritillaria are from the Liliaceae family, which also include lillies.

Snakes' head fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) is the only British native fritillary commonly found in damp grassland and meadows, but now sadly rarely seen in the wild.

The bell-shaped flowers are either white or white and purple check and grow well in grassy areas. Flowering in late March through to April each spring, to a height of upto 40 cm, these delicate flowers are about 2 cm across.

'Meleagris' means 'spotted like a guinea fowl' leading to one of the flowers common names, the guinea flower.


Snakes' head fritillary at Kew Gardens

Planted along Princess Walk at Kew Gardens, 30,000 snakes' head fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) add colour and spectacle to the spring flowering bulb displays.

Others include the crocus 'Whitewell Purple' (Crocus tommasinianus) and the Tenby daffodil (Narcissus obvallaris).


Sponsor a display of flowering bulbs

These bulb displays are available for sponsorship of £250 each and funds raised will be used for the planting and maintenance of the Gardens.

Your dedication will be recorded on the Commemorative Touchscreen Register in the Secluded Garden glasshouse at Kew Gardens and you will receive a personalised certificate detailing your chosen species.

To sponsor a display:

  • choose the plant species that you would like to sponsor at Kew from the list below
  • download our Commemorative Giving Donation form, complete and return it
  • or call 0208 332 3200 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) to make a donation by card