Fritillaria affinis (Schult.) Sealy
Checker Lily, Chocolate Lily
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
USDA Symbol: FRAF2
On an erect stem, leafy in the upper part, leafless below, bloom several nodding, greenish-brown, deeply bowl-shaped flowers.
The genus name comes from Latin fritillus, meaning "dice box," in reference to the short, broad capsule characteristic of the genus. There are several species similar to Chocolate Lily. Spotted Mountain Bells (F. atropurpurea), also called Checker Lily throughout much of the West, has flowers 1/2-3/4" (1.3-2 cm) long, and leaves at least 15 times as long as wide. Black Lily or Kamchatka Fritillary (F. camchatcensis), from northwestern Washington to Alaska, has dark purplish-brown flowers. Another species called Chocolate Lily (F. biflora), from the Coast Ranges of California, has dark brownish, unmottled flowers, and all leaves on the lower part of the stem.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: CA , ID , OR , WA
Native Distribution: Southern British Columbia to southern California; eastward to northern Idaho.
Native Habitat: Grassy or brushy flats and slopes, or in open woods.
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Fritillaria affinis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Fritillaria affinis in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-04-20
Research By: TWC Staff