Many stories associated with the imperial Crown Imperial

Did you know that the Crown Imperial was one of the first plants in the world to be cultivated? With such a long history behind it, this royal highness is associated with many stories. The Crown Imperial: cultivated for centuries The original habitat of the Crown Imperial includes Turkey, the southeast and west of Iran, […]

Did you know that the Crown Imperial was one of the first plants in the world to be cultivated? With such a long history behind it, this royal highness is associated with many stories.

The Crown Imperial: cultivated for centuries

The original habitat of the Crown Imperial includes Turkey, the southeast and west of Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Kashmir Mountains. Halfway through the sixteenth century, however, the Crown Imperial was brought to Europe, and Carolus Clusius planted the first one in Leiden. This royal flower bulb had already become hugely popular when it began being portrayed in countless paintings and on ceramic tiles in 1610.

How did the Crown Imperial get its name?

Its common name was derived from the literal translation of the specific epithet in its Latin name (imperialis) and the flower’s appearance. ‘Fritillaria’ came from fritilus (meaning ‘dice cup’), and ‘imperialis’ came from imperium (meaning ’empire’). A flower that looked like an emperor’s crown thus received the apt name of Crown Imperial.

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