(Liliaceae). Snake's Head Lily, Fritillary. Genus of about 100 species of bulbous spring or summer flowering bulbs. Found in a range of habitats from woodland to open meadows and high screes, distributed throughout the temperate regions of the N. hemisphere particularly the Mediterranean, S. W. Asia and W. North America. Each bulb has 2 or more scales. Leaves are lance or linear shaped. Usually pendent, solitary, bell shaped flowers with 6 tepals. Fruits are capsules, often winged. Fritillarias like a lime, humus rich, cool, moist soil but needs to dry out in summer.