What galls me isn't just that its growing in the wretched spot, in awful soil, with sundry weeds--but it is nearly 18 tall and gorgeous: it LIKES this spot! This isn't the first time this Western Asian has annoyed me: one of my colleagues planted it in a woodland garden at Denver Botanic Gardens where it's going viral.
It's self-sowing wildly--hundreds and hundreds of seedlings are maturing and blooming around the original plants!
The Fritillaries that are whitish and finished blooming are F. assyrica, growing intermixed but blooming a week or two earlier. I would have never dreamed of putting either of these in this bed (if you look at the upper left you'll see a big clump of Cypripedium Frosh Hybrid--and there are Hostas and Dicentra and other classic woodland plants. So I recommend if you want to grow this Fritillaria, put it in the woods or out in the alley!