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Fritillaria atropurpurea (Spotted fritillary)
Reveal, James L.

Fritillaria atropurpurea

Fritillaria atropurpurea Nutt.

Spotted Fritillary, Leopard Lily, Spotted Mountain Bells, Checker Lily

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Synonym(s): Fritillaria adamantina, Fritillaria gracillima


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Spotted Mountain Bells (Fritillaria 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. It is a member of the lily family (family Liliaceae). Lilies are mostly perennial herbs from rhizomes, bulbs, or corms, some rather woody and treelike, with often showy flowers in racemes or branched racemes.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WY

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Fritillaria atropurpurea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Fritillaria atropurpurea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Fritillaria atropurpurea


Record Modified: 2023-04-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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