31 March 2013 – Yellow Bell – Fritillaria pudica

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Yellow bell
Fritillaria pudica (Pursh) Spreng –

Yellow bell (Fritillaria pudica (Pursh) Spreng) is a spring ephemeral flower found in the grasslands, sagebrush desert, to mixed Ponderosa Pine/conifier forest communities in the inland areas British Columbia and Alberta to Northern California, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. It is a member of the Lily Family (Liliaceae). In Washington State, it is found in every county east of the Cascades except Adams County.

Yellow bell
Fritillaria pudica (Pursh) Spreng –

 

 

 

 

Its yellow bell-shaped flowers are usually solitary (rarely double or triple) and the tepals (petals/sepals) are from 0.5 to 1 inch long. The stem has one or two leaves.

 

The bulb is edible.                   (Photos taken in Spokane, Washington.)

Yellow bell
Fritillaria pudica (Pursh) Spreng

Yellow bell
Fritillaria pudica (Pursh) Spreng

Yellow bell
Fritillaria pudica (Pursh) Spreng

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