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Fritillaria affinis
checker lily, chocolate lily, rice-root lily

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, disjunct in eastern Washington and northern Idaho.

Habitat: Prairies, balds, and grassy bluffs to woodlands and coniferous forests, sea level to fairly high elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies, wasps


Perennial herb from a small, scaly bulb and numerous rice-sized offset bulblets, the unbranched, glabrous stem 1.5-10 dm. tall.


Leaves in 1-2 whorls of 3-5 and scattered upward, lanceolate, 5-15 cm. long and 3-25 mm. broad.


Flowers usually 2-5 in a raceme, broadly bell-shaped, pendant, strongly mottled, purplish to greenish or yellowish; tepals 6, lanceolate, distinct, 20-30 mm. long; the 6 slender filaments 2-3 times as long as the anthers; styles attached to each other about 1/3 of their length.


Capsule 2 cm. long, broadly winged.

Accepted Name:
Fritillaria affinis (Schult. & Schult. f.) Sealy
Publication: Hooker’s Icon. Pl. 39: 239. 1980.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Fritillaria camschatcensis (L.) Ker Gawl. var. floribunda (Benth.) B. Boivin
Fritillaria eximia Eastw.
Fritillaria lanceolata Pursh [HC]
Fritillaria lanceolata Pursh var. gracilis S. Watson
Fritillaria lanceolata Pursh var. tristulis A.L. Grant
Fritillaria multiflora Kellogg
Fritillaria mutica Lindl.
Fritillaria mutica Lindl. var. gracilis (S. Watson) Jeps.
Fritillaria phaeanthera Purdy
Lilium affine Schult. & Schult. f.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Fritillaria affinis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Fritillaria affinis checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Fritillaria affinis information.

E-Flora BC: Fritillaria affinis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Fritillaria affinis photos.

USDA Plants: Fritillaria affinis information.

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