Not Much to Look At? Our Native Checker Lily?
Others love it.
Cheryl Lisin of the Lost Coast Interpretive Association writes,
At first glance, checker lilies don’t seem much to look at, being green and brown. A closer look at the flower shows that they are actually spectacular! They are fairly common, growing in grasslands and oak scrublands and ranging from the Northern California to the San Fransisco Bay Area.
Fritillaria affinis is the scientific name. They are in the lily family, Liliaceae.
Some say the flowers are an acquired taste. Some love it and others…well, they find it too understated. What about you?
P.S. Cooked, the bulbs of this lily are edible.