Flowers of fritillaria pudica
are solitary (occasionally paired), borne atop a thick, leafless stalk, and are nodding. The six tepals overlap, arranged in the shape of a bell, enclosing the one pistil and six stamens, which have white filaments and pale yellow anthers. The pistil is topped by a disc-shaped stigma. Tepals become dark red as they age, and curl outwards. Flowers are around 0.8 inches long.
Plants inhabit mountainous regions and flower soon after the snowmelt, at progressively higher elevations through the season.