The liquid is probably produced by "nectaries" which are hidden deep inside the flower. The nectar attracts pollinators by providing them with a bit of carbohydrate. Many flowers produce nectar. Arnold Apr 25, 2010 07:03:33 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: =========================================== Hi, all. I am wondering if any of you can talk to me about these wondrous cups of liquid inside the bell-shaped flowers of fritillaria. Are these unique to the imperialis varieties? A woman I'm profiling referred to them as "tears of mary." Have any of you ever heard this expression? What is the liquid--is it nectar? Any information totally appreciated. Thanks--- Anne Marie//WSJ.