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what is causing that smell?

what is causing that smell? (Fritillaria imperalis (Crown imperial))

as I worked in the garden I kepr smelling a horrid smell and tracked it down to this. First time it has flowered, it has taken 3 yrs. But well worth the wait.

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Glad that it's flowered!
It does smell like whacky backy though!

3 Apr, 2011


Its hard to believe a beautifull flower like this could smell so bad sbg...What is it?

3 Apr, 2011


What is the smell like? It is a lovely flower.

4 Apr, 2011


It genuinely does smell like wacky backy (grass) Lainedru!

4 Apr, 2011


it smells a cross between a dog fox and cat poo in my opinion.
never smelt wacky baccky! though I was always under the impression it was a sweet/pleasant smell.
not like this.
The bulb is also smelly too. I planted mine in the autumn, a good six inches deep on a layer of grit/sand. The bulb was laid on its side too to help stop water settling in the bulb and causing it to rot.

4 Apr, 2011


sorry Youngdaisy dee, It is Fritillaria imperialis . Imperial fritillary to give it its common name.

4 Apr, 2011


I like the fowers, but the smell is awful. I know it, commonly, as Crown Imperial, Sbg, ad yes, definitely a foxy/cat poo scent, which is very unfortunate.

5 Apr, 2011


yes I have also heard it called that David. the smell is such a shame, but the local cats dont like it either :o)

6 Apr, 2011


Less cat/fox poo and more their "spray" that they mark their territory with.
I never thought that there was anything sweet or pleasant in the smell of weed, even in my misspent youth.

6 Apr, 2011

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