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Fritillaria affinis

Chocolate lily

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Plant does not flower in January

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Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Fritillaria affinis
  • Common name: Chocolate lily
  • Family: Liliaceae
  • Plant Type: Bulb
Flower colour:

Red

Foliage colour:

Green

Now almost extinct in the wild, the chocolate lily, Fritillaria affinis, is becoming a popular garden plant. It’s native to the Pacific coast of North America, from California north to British Columbia and east to western Idaho.

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Fritillaria affinis flowers from mid- to late spring and bears dark purple-black flowers with green-grey mottling. It’s easy to grow in temperate gardens, and thrives when grown in moist but well-drained soil in sun to partial shade. Plants benefit from cool conditions in summer.

How to grow Fritillaria affinis

  • Plant size

    40cm height

    15cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fritillaria affinis and wildlife

Fritillaria affinis has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Fritillaria affinis poisonous?

Fritillaria affinis has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People