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In nearby Ducklington, a daylong festival, Fritillary Sunday, is held annually in late April or early May.
Considering all the hubbub the flower attracts, the lily also boasts a slew of macabre appellations. Snake’s Head Lily is a plug for the bloom’s stooped position—like that of a striking cobra—and Leper’s Lily is a reference to the bells that lepers carried in the Middle Ages.
Unfortunately, these ghastly nicknames aren’t totally off-the-mark: The eye-catching bulb is known to contain poisonous alkaloids.