11 responses to “Fritillaria affinis”

  1. Karthik

    The drooping flowers made me think that the plant is feeling sad 🙁

    Any reasons for the flowers to be facing down? I thought plants always advertised themselves to the pollinators by displaying their flowers prominently.

  2. Jason

    maybe the pollinators these little ladies are after hang out down low and they’re just smiling down over them lol

  3. Ron Long

    Daniel – Thanks for the clarification (?) of the name. I still think lanceolata is more appropriate because it is descriptive of the leaves.Fritillaria comes from the Latin Fritillus which means “a dice box” – a cup in which dice were shaken and which was typically painted in a pattern of colored squares.The drooping flowers protect the pollen from rain.
    A common name for the plant is Skunk Lily because of it’s peculiar semen-like odor which becomes overpowering indoors but is barely noticeable outside. The look and smell of the flowers is that of dead meat which attracts pollinating flys.
    In spite of all that, Chocolate Lily has long been one of my favorite BC wildflowers.

  4. van

    Fascinating write-up, and delicious photos. Thanks.

  5. KathyD

    Total nostalgia – first the Cypripedium montanum, now the Fritillaria affinis (which I knew as lanceolata) – flowers from the ‘secret places’ of my childhood in B.C.’s North Okanagan valley! If the follow-up is Sisyrinchium angustifolium (a Blue-eyed grass) I’ll think someone was following me!

  6. Connie

    Thank you for these 3 lovely photos. I grow checkered lilies, or guinea flowers as they are sometimes called. (They seed down prolifically in my rock garden.) I didn’t realize that anything like them was native to North America!

  7. elizabeth a airhart

    thank you life is full of natures wonderments

  8. Alice Dionne

    The Chocolate Lily also grows in Alaska, at least in the Kenai Peninsula area. I always marveled at its persistence in such a harsh climate.

  9. Daniel Mosquin

    Alice, I just wanted to point out that the plant growing in the Kenai Peninsula is a different Fritillaria species (also called chocolate lily, though), Fritillaria camschatcensis. It is my favourite North American species that I’ve seen in the wild so far, having seen it in that very location (as well as north of Wasilla) last year.

  10. Kristina

    the chocolate lily is a really pretty flower. But did you know that it comes from the lily family. I think that is cool because lily’s are my favorite flower in the USA.

  11. Priscilla Judd

    Just found 2 chocolate lilies NE of Lumby in a forest. It’s early June and we’ve had lots of rain.
    The property owner said he has seen green lilies before – he called them “snake” lilies.
    This is the first time he has seen the burgundy and yellow “chocolate” lily.
    They are remarkable – are they rare in the Lumby area?

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