|This striking Fritillary is quite different from its cousins. Wide, strap-shaped leaves grow basally to 7 inches long, about 1/5 the height of the plant. A stiff, strong, dark green to brown flowerstalk holds up a cluster of flowers, and a crown of leaf-like bracts that mirror the leaves at the base of the plant. 'Lutea Maxima' has large (to 3 inch long) bright yellow bell-shaped flowers that hang in a cluster of 6-8 atop the strong flowerstalk. It is the hardiest of the yellow cultivars.
The large, skunky-smelling bulb is rodent-repellent, and is very succeptible to bulb rot if improperly stored. For best results, plant bulb on its side,at a depth 4 times the diameter of the bulb. Water moderately while in growth, but reduce to almost dry when bulb is dormant. For container plants, repot yearly in fresh soil.
Second year and older plants should be fertilized monthly with half strength fertilizer.