Fritillaria camtschatcensis

Black Sarana

Plant Type:


Fritillaria camtschatcensis - Dusky chocolate-maroon cluster at the tops of stems in spring to early summer on the Northern Rice Root. Large and showy flowers are sometimes subtly streaked in yellow and emit fragrance usually occurring between one and eight per stem on the Black Sarana (oh, no - not another plant with a gazillion common names). Foliage on the Kamchatka Fritillary occurs in tiered whorls mimicking stems of Lilium spp. on the Kamchatka Fritillary and is, indeed, a proud member of Liliaceae. The Chocolate Lily hales from northwest Kamchatka through northeast Asia, northwestern North America from Oregon to Alaska and British Columbia. Plant the Black Lily in moisture retaining to moist but draining organically rich soils tow to three inches deep. Soil should be drier in summer. Exposure for Wild Rice should be dappled light shade to morning sun. Rabbits and deer don't like Eskimo Potato. QGN doesn't like the endless roster of common monikers. Established potted bulb.


6-24 in


3-4 in


Chocolate Red

Characteristics and Attributes for Fritillaria camtschatcensis

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Dappled Shade
  • Shade


  • Rock Garden
  • Border
  • Woodland
  • Cottage Garden
  • Grouping

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Organic
  • Draining
  • Moist
  • Fertile
  • Humus Laden


  • Northeast Asia
  • Northwestern North America

Propagated By

  • Offset