Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria affinis)

A small, downcast brown and yellow speckled flower

Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria affinis)

The Chocolate Lily, also known as a Checker Lily, is a perennial plant that can grow up to two feet tall. These flowers can be found during the months of April through May. They have six petals that are typically mottled yellow and brown, but can also be found in different color variants such as yellow and green mottled with purple. The foliage includes several whorls, a set of leaves encircling the stem, with 5-11 lance-shaped leaves.

The bulbs of this flowering plant are edible and were used by different groups of people, including the Salish people and some Native American groups. Both groups would scavenge for these bulbs either before or after their flowering season and then cook them right away to be eaten. They were often eaten with oil but were also used in soups (USDA).

Written by Anna Cressman
PC: Anna Cressman