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Vorobik Botanical Art

P.O. Box 866, Lopez Island, WA 98261. 510-520-2423. vorobik@gmail.com

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watercolor of Fritillaria affinis with yellow green flowers

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Chocolate Lily, Green Flowers

Family: Liliaceae

Fritillaria affinis-click on image for detail view

Chocolate Lily, green flowers


Prints--Giclee, Edition 200, 9 by 12 inches

Cards--5 by 7 inches, on watercolor paper with a deckled edge


Chocolate or Checker Lily (Fritillaria affinis; was F. lanceolata)

Liliaceae Family

Named for their mottled perianth, these lilies occur from the San Francisco Bay Area north to British Columbia, in moist coastal prairies or foothill sites of the Sierra Nevada, Cascade, and Coast ranges. Although usually thought of as having chocolate-colored flowers, the tepals (perianth segments) of this species vary from deep purplish-brown to yellow-green with tan mottling (as shown here). Another name for the genus, rice-root, refers to the small bulblets that look like clustered grains of rice. Both native and non-native chocolate lilies are in cultivation, and can be used as a graceful treat to the spring-flowering suite of bulbs in your garden. In the wild, do not pick the flowers or collect them, as although they are not threatened or endangered, they are never common and may be rare in your area. If you are lucky enough to encounter them, take a peak into their enchanting nodding bells to see six bright yellow stamens with a background of green and brown checker-painted petal color.