We’ve seen a close relative of this called “Woollen Breeches.” This early spring flower features a dense ball shaped flower head (hence the name) whose anthers and stigma extend beyond the corolla.
Three or four of the five petals on these small flowers are larger than the others and sport yellow dots. The anthers are bright orange. The leaves are oval and toothed. The reddish central capsule is what gives the flower its common name. Read the rest of this page »
Although the plant is a common sight in northwest meadows, it can still be difficult to find in bloom. Called “false” to distinguish it from a European plant called “Green Hellebore” in the buttercup family. A white variety, which blooms earlier, is less common here, but dominant in California. Both plants are sometimes called “Corn Lily” due to their corn-like leaves.