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Fritillaria pudica
yellow bells, yellow fritillary, yellow mission bells

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California and Nevada, east to Montana and Utah.

Habitat: Shrub-steppe to mixed coniferous forests, from low to moderate elevations.

Flowers: March-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial herb from a small, scaly bulb and numerous rice-sized offset bulblets, the unbranched, glabrous stem 10-30 cm. tall.


Leaves 2-several, semi-whorled, linear, 3-16 cm. long and 3-12 mm. wide.


Flowers usually solitary, pendant, narrowly bell-shaped, yellow, often purplish-streaked near the base; tepals 6, oblong-lanceolate, distinct, 12-26 mm. long and 4-10 mm. broad, rounded; stamens 6, 2/3 as long as the perianth; style about as long as the perianth.


Erect cylindric capsule that narrows at base; initially green but turning brown during drying; when dried splits into three separate compartments, each bearing brown, flattened seeds.

Identification Notes:

Pendulous (hanging downward), narrowly bell-shaped, yellow flowers that produce upright, green, cylindirical capsules.

Accepted Name:
Fritillaria pudica (Pursh) Spreng.
Publication: Syst. Veg. 2: 64. 1825.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Lilium pudicum Pursh
Ochrocodon pudicus (Pursh) Rydb.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Fritillaria pudica checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Fritillaria pudica atlas page.

CalPhotos: Fritillaria pudica photos.

USDA Plants: Fritillaria pudica information.

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