Red Bells (Fritillaria recurva)
Recognizably similar to its relatives in the Fritillaria family, Checker Lily and Yellow Bells, and also known as “Scarlet Fritillary”, these seem to only grow in southern Oregon and northern California. We stumbled upon these on a series of hikes around in Southern Oregon. It is not, however, the rare Gentner’s Fritillaria, the signature flower of Jacksonville, OR, whose petals have only a slight upturn, rather than the full backwards curve shape of this species (the source of the latin recurva). Laura Gentner the daughter of a renowned entomologist living in the area, discovered the more rare plant in the 1940s, that was given their family name in 1951.