Fritillaria pudica (Pursh) Spreng.
yellow bell (yellow fritillary)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Ian Gardiner     (Photo ID #15688)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Fritillaria pudica
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a bulb of a few larger, fleshy scales and numerous small, rice-grain bulblets; stems 10-25 cm tall, slender to sturdy, smooth.
Usually a nearly opposite pair, sometimes several and alternate to nearly whorled, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 3-15 cm long, 2-12 mm wide, smooth.
Inflorescence of 1 or rarely 2, drooping flowers atop the stem; flowers yellow, often faintly striped with purple or brown near the base, fading to orange or brick-red, narrowly bell-shaped, of 6 similar, distinct tepals, the tepals lance-oblong to lanceolate, 1.5-2.5 cm long, 4-8 mm wide, with a small, green nectar gland on inner surface near the base; stamens 6; pistil 1, 3-chambered.
Capsules, erect, cylindric to egg-shaped, 6-angled, wings lacking, 2-3 cm long; seeds numerous, flattened.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Early Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Red
Present over the Spring
Source:  The USDA


Ecological Framework for Fritillaria pudica

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
752 250 2027
Slope Gradient (%)
21 0 80

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

81 5 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 0 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

BG(53), ESSF(1), ICH(1), IDF(38), MS(3), PP(47)

Habitat and Range

Dry shrublands, grasslands and open coniferous forests in the steppe and lower montane zones; infrequent in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; E to AB and S to NM, UT, NV and N CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Lilium pudicum Pursh
Ochrocodon pudicus (Pursh) Rydb.