|F. meleagris is a perennial with alternate linear, gray-green leaves, upper leaves being more narrow. The flowers are borne on stalks. Each stalk bears singular, sometimes paired, broadly, bell-shaped, pendant, purple, pinkish purple, or white flowers, strongly checkered with purplish-pink. They are up to 1 3/4 inches long. Good for naturalizing in grass. Native to S. England, N. Balkans, and W. Russia.
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.