Although the Snake’s Head Fritillary in Fryslân, as far as we know, does not occur on a large scale in Stinzen environments, we mention this plant here because it is believed that this species used to occur in the wild in the vicinity of Koudum, just like the Wild Daffodil in wet meadows. Nowadays, the species occurs sporadically in meadows on of the Âlde Feanen. The Snake’s Head Fritillaries can have white and purple chequerboard like flowers. The purple flowers are the most common.
In nature, the seeds are spread by temporary flooding of the area where the plant grows. Nowadays, Snake’s Head Fritillaries still occur on a larger scale in the wild in a few places along the Overijsselse Vecht and the Zwarte Water near Zwolle and Hasselt. These places are one of the most important native growth sites in Europe of the Snake’s Head Fritillary. The Snake’s Head Fritillary is traditionally a popular garden plant. The reason that they are not abundantly present in the Stinzen environment is possibly due to the fact that the species quickly disappears when the site is neglected. The plant can be well propagated by seed, but it can take up to seven years before a flowering plant originates from seed. For most other bulbous plants, that can be propagated by seed, about three years are required.
Snake’s Head Fritillaries grow along a brook at Hackfort, and at Pastorietuin Easterein (Old rectory garden). Philippusfenne has a small patch of Snake’s Head Fritillaries. Stinze Stiens used to have a few species and planted in 2014 400 new bulbs.