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Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria lanceolata) seed podPhoto of the Day ~ “Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria lanceolata) seed pod holds promises of colorful blooms for spring!”

Sometimes called “rice root” or “mission bells”, chocolate lillies are found growing in open dry woodlands and in coastal meadows ranging from southern British Columbia to California.

On San Juan Island, WA, the best place to find them is at San Juan Island National Historical Park’s American Camp on the prairie or look for them at English Camp, along the trail up Young Hill.

The bulbs of the chocolate lily are edible and were eaten or used as a trade item by many Coast and Interior Salish peoples.

Read more about them here: http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_fraf2.pdf