Purple speckled, yellow flowers of ojai fritillary
Fritillaria ojaiensis

Ojai fritillary

Family: Liliaceae
IUCN Red List status: Not Evaluated

The speckled flowers of ojai fritillary are a sight to behold in the woodlands of central California.

This rare species of lily is endangered, largely due to human trampling and the impact of camping.

Thanks to the Centre for Plant Conservation (CPC) network and conservationists at  Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, the striking ojai fritillary will be safeguarded for future generations.

Ojai fritillary is a herb that has an erect stem bearing long, straight, very narrow leaves. Its nodding flowers are greenish-yellow to purple in colour with purple markings.

Read the scientific profile on ojai fritillary

Map of the world showing where ojai fritillary is native to
Native: California


Our partnership

The Centre for Plant Conservation (CPC) is a network of conservation partners working together to save threatened plants in the United States and Canada.

Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is one of the CPC Participating Institutions.

Ojai fritillary populations are under threat from trampling by nearby hikers and campers.

As part of the Centre for Plant Conservation (CPC) network’s efforts to save plants, conservationists at Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens collected seeds from two ojai fritillary populations in Los Padres National Forest.

These seeds were deposited in long term conservation collections that will protect the ojai fritillary for the future.

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