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Chocolate Lily


The Chocolate lily is an early spring-blooming perennial with a nodding, bell-shaped brownish flower. It developes from a bulb and can grow to as tall as 14 - 16 inches. It prefers heavy clay soils in open grassy meadows.

The Tlingit and Haida Natives would eat the rice-like bulblets either boiled or steamed. They were cooked immediately or dried for use later in the winter. Look closely and you can even see the tiny spider webs on the flower.

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