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This uniquely patterned flower goes by several names including Checkered Lily, Snake’s Head Fritillary, and Guinea Hen Flower. It is Fritillaria meleagris, the genus name meaning (basically) checkered and the species name referring to guinea fowl. This plant is native to Eurasia from the UK across into western Russia. It is also widely grown as a spring bulb in gardens all across the USA. Certainly planting a few of these bulbs would provide a new conversation starter for any garden!

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KEW Botanical Gardens
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia
Pacific Bulb Society
Paghat’s Garden

A well-made slideshow portraying the beauty and wildness that is The Camargue:

The Camargue in Pictures

The Camargue is an area in southern France, a marshy delta area where the Rhone river flows into the Mediterranean Sea. In this area are wild horses and flamingos.

Click the links below the pic for more info on this beautiful wild habitat!

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The Camargue: France’s Wild West
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World Wildlife Fund

The parasitic Cytinus hypocistis plant appears as a tiny red and yellow flaming bunches beneath rockrose (Cistis) bushes in the Mediterranean, including coastal France and Corsica.

 
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MORE pics — including habitat (host plant)!