Plant Care Checkered Lily

Checkered Lily

About Checkered Lily

Checkered Lily is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Checkered Lily likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Checkered Lily belongs to the Fritillaria genus, and is native to Eastern Europe and East Russia.


Fritillaria meleagris

Also known as

Snake's head fritillary, Snake's head, Chess flower, Frog-cup, Guinea-hen flower, Guinea flower, Leper lily, Lazarus bell, Chequered lily, Chequered daffodil, Drooping tulip and Fritillary

How to care for Checkered Lily

💦 Water

How often to water your Checkered Lily

Water needs for Checkered Lily
0.5 cups
every 9

Checkered Lily needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Checkered Lily

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Checkered Lily in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Checkered Lily: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Checkered Lily love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Checkered Lily does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Checkered Lily in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Checkered Lily

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Checkered Lily: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Checkered Lily after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Checkered Lily is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Checkered Lily →

Common Checkered Lily Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Checkered Lily prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Checkered Lily Water Frequency →

Checkered Lily Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Checkered Lily requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Checkered Lily Light Requirements →

Checkered Lily Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

🪴 Soil

Checkered Lily does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Checkered Lily →

When and How to Successfully Repot Checkered Lily →

💩 Fertilizer

Checkered Lily should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Checkered Lily →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Checkered Lily grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Checkered Lily →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Checkered Lily can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Checkered Lily Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Checkered Lily can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Checkered Lily

Checkered Lily

Checkered Lily

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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