This article has been marked as incomplete and in need of reformatting. Please help us to improve it.

Practical Plants is a community wiki. You can edit this page to improve the quality of the information it contains. To learn how, please read the editing guide.


Edible uses


Bulb - raw, cooked or dried for later use[1][2][3][4]. A staple food in areas where it grows wild[5], when cooked it tastes like baked chestnuts[6]. One report says that the bulbs have a slightly bitter taste, even after cooking[7]. The best-tasting bulbs are said to come from coastal areas where the plants are occasionally covered with salt water[8]. A pudding is made by mixing the bulbs with the fruit of Empetrum nigrum[4]. The bulb is also dried and ground into a powder, then used as a flour or starch for making breads and soups[4]. The bulb is best if harvested in the autumn[9], it resembles a cluster of cooked rice grains[10]. The green seedpods can be eaten raw or cooked. They are somewhat bitter[9].


Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Fritillaria camschatcensis.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Fritillaria camschatcensis.


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.


Nothing listed.


Nothing listed.


Seed - best sown as soon as ripe in a cold frame, it should germinate in the spring[11]. Protect from frost[12]. Stored seed should be sown as soon as possible and can take a year or more to germinate[12]. Sow the seed quite thinly to avoid the need to prick out the seedlings. Once they have germinated, give them an occasional liquid feed to ensure that they do not suffer mineral deficiency. Once they die down at the end of their second growing season, divide up the small bulbs, planting 2 - 3 to an 8cm deep pot. Grow them on for at least another year in light shade in the greenhouse before planting them out whilst dormant.

Division of offsets in August[11]. The larger bulbs can be planted out direct into their permanent positions, but it is best to pot up the smaller bulbs and grow them on in a cold frame for a year before planting them out in the autumn.

Bulb scales[13].

Practical Plants is currently lacking information on propagation instructions of Fritillaria camschatcensis. Help us fill in the blanks! Edit this page to add your knowledge.


A woodland plant, preferring a moraine or rock garden[11]. Easily grown in a light moist but well-drained sandy woodland soil[14][13][15]. Prefers a moist peaty soil and partial shade and must not be allowed to become dry[16]. Another report says that it prefers a sunny position[14] whilst yet another says that it succeeds in full sun or light shade in a rich soil[15]. The plants often grow close to the sea and survive periodic inundation with salt water[7].

The dormant bulb is very hardy and has withstood soil temperatures down to -20°c, though the embryonic flower shoot will be damaged at temperatures around -15°c[17]. A very ornamental plant[11], it is very variable in size and flower colour[16]. The flowers are sweetly scented[18].

Plants flower within 3 - 5 years from seed[19].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Fritillaria camschatcensis. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Fritillaria camschatcensis.




None listed.


None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Binomial name
Fritillaria camschatcensis
Imported References
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Salinity
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
Flower Colour
Flower Type


  1. ? 1.01.1 Hedrick. U. P. Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World. Dover Publications ISBN 0-486-20459-6 (1972-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.1 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
  4. ? Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.1 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
  6. ? 6.06.1 Komarov. V. L. Flora of the USSR. Israel Program for Scientific Translation (1968-00-00)
  7. ? Turner. N. J. Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples UBC Press. Vancouver. ISBN 0-7748-0533-1 (1995-00-00)
  8. ? 8.08.1 Chevallier. A. The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants Dorling Kindersley. London ISBN 9-780751-303148 (1996-00-00)
  9. ? Schofield. J. J. Discovering Wild Plants - Alaska, W. Canada and the Northwest. ()
  10. ? 10.010.1 Coffey. T. The History and Folklore of North American Wild Flowers. Facts on File. ISBN 0-8160-2624-6 (1993-00-00)
  11. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  12. ? 12.012.1 Rice. G. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 2. Thompson and Morgan. (1988-00-00)
  13. ? 13.013.1 RHS Lily Group. Lilies and Related Plants. ()
  14. ? 14.014.1 Grey. C. H. Hardy Bulbs. Williams & Norgate. (1938-00-00)
  15. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  16. ? 16.016.1 Phillips. R. and Rix. M. Bulbs Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30253-1 (1989-00-00)
  17. ? Matthews. V. The New Plantsman. Volume 1, 1994. Royal Horticultural Society ISBN 1352-4186 (1994-00-00)
  18. ? Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)
  19. ? Bird. R. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 4. Thompson and Morgan. (1990-00-00)
  20. ? Hitchcock. C. L. Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest. University of Washington Press (1955-00-00)