This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A beautiful yellow-flowering bulb of Utah and California; is finding its way into general culture. Unlike so many of these far western things it seems to be adapted to eastern culture. The flower much resembles the snowdrop in form, and flowers a little earlier than that well-known favorite. It might be called yellow snowdrop.
Fritillaria recurva, Benth., with flowers worthy of being described as scarlet, is in flower at Kew, and, it is needless to say, is a striking novelty. It grows to a height of from one to two feet, though the present example is less than six inches, from the fact of the bulbs having been somewhat weak, and without sufficient time to get established. The leaves are very narrow, and of a greyish green tint. The flowers number from three to eight, are narrowly campanulate, and from an inch to an inch and a half in length, but in this case they are smaller. No other known species can approach this in color. On first expansion it appears most brilliant, being afterwards apparently toned down with an increase of yellow, which would seem the ground color. The tessellation is somewhat obscure, though evident on close examination. On the inside the perianth is distinctly yellow, and is covered with numerous usually linear scarlet spots. It is a native of California, and will doubtless prove one of the most interesting bulbs recently introduced from that or any other country. - Gardeners' Chronicle.