Edible Plants, Pacific Northwest
The Pink Fawn Lily is a perennial herb that grows over most of the BC coast. It grows from a narrowly egg shaped, 3 to 5 cm long bulb attached to a chain of rhizome segments. The flowering stems are up to 35 cm tall and smooth.
The basal leaves are dull dark green mottled with brown or white. They are up to 20 cm long, smooth, gradually narrowed to short, broad, narrowly winged stalk.
There are 1 to 3 flowers atop a leafless, smooth stem. The flowers are rose pink with gold bands at the base on the inner surface, the flowers are nodding. The fruit comes in capsules which are narrow and club shaped. The capsules are erect, up to 4 cm long with seeds several to many, they are brown and egg shaped.
Found commonly on the coast. It occurs in wet maritime to sub maritime climates. Occurrence decreases with increasing latitude and elevation.
The Kwakiutl and possibly the Nuu-chah-nulth ate the bulb. The bulbs were dug when they first sprouted in the spring and eaten raw or steamed in tall cedar boxes and served with large quantities of grease.
They could also be dried in the sun and then boiled in water or baked and served with grease.