Yellow Bell – Fritillaria pudica

Lily Family – Liliaceae

Actual flower size: 3/4 inch long

Actual flower size: 3/4 inch long

Yellow Bell is also called Yellow Fritillaria, Mission Bell, or Yellow Snowdrop.

Plant Description: Yellow Bell has a smooth flowering stem, 4 to 12 inches tall, bending at the top with 1 (occasionally 2 or 3), drooping, .5 inch long, bell-shaped flowers. The 2 to 8 oblong, fleshy leaves grow up the stem in whorls or alternately.  (If the bulb is deeply buried, the leaves may seem to emerge from the ground.)

Flower Description: The 6 tepals are distinct, 1/2 to1 inch long, yellow, often purplish-streaked near the base, and round at the tips. The 6 stamens are shorter than the tepals. The style is about the same length as the tepals.

Ecology: Yellow Bell grows east of the Cascades in heavy soils where it is moist in the spring, in open forests, grassy meadows, prairies, and sagebrush, at low to high elevations.

Note: Yellow Bell is fragrant.

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Actual flower size: 3/4 inch long