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Fritillaria affinis (lanceolata)


Fritillaria affinis (syn. lanceolata) or chocolate lily has pendulous, bell-shaped flowers in shades of green and burgundy.

Fritillaria affinis (syn. lanceolata) or chocolate lily is a native fritillary with pendulous, bell-shaped flowers that are variable in colouration from green with burgundy markings to burgundy with green markings. The bulbs are edible and were harvested by First Nations peoples eaten either raw or cooked. Pollinated by native bees. Also called checker lily.

Common Name: Chocolate Lily

Family: Liliaceae (The Lily Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-10

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade

Height: 12-24"

Width: 4-8"

Primary Bloom Colour: Burgundy

Secondary Bloom Colour: Green

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Early Spring

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No


Benefits: Bees

Deer Resistant: No

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Dry to mesic grassy bluffs, meadows, and open forests from lowland to the lower subalpine zones from southern BC to California.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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