Chocolate Lily – Fritillaria affinis

Lily Family – Liliaceae

Actual flower size: 1 inch across

Actual flower size: 1 inch across

Chocolate Lily is also called Checker Lily, Mission Bells, Rice Root, or Skunk Lily. Former Latin name was Fritillaria lanceolata

Plant Description: Chocolate Lily is 1 to 3 feet tall, erect, unbranched, bending at the top, with 1 to 5 nodding bell-shaped flowers. The leaves are narrow, lance-shaped, smooth, 6 inches long, in 1 or 2 whorls of 3 to 5 on the lower stem and alternate and erect above.

Flower Description: The flowers are 1 inch across. The 6 separate tepals are 1 inch long, brownish purple, mottled with greenish yellow blotches, lance shaped, with pointed tips. There are 6 yellow anthers on slender filaments and 3 much longer styles joined to about 1/3 their length and much longer than the stamens.

Ecology: Chocolate Lily grows among trees or shrubs where it is cool and moist and in meadows at low to middle elevations, west-side and east-side.

Note: Chocolate Lily has a disagreeable odor that attracts flies and beetles.

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Actual flower size: 1 inch across