Amer. Naturalist 7: 303. 1873.
Leaves 10–30 × 0.15–0.2 cm. Scape 1–3.5 dm, scabrous basally. Inflorescences 3–12-flowered. Flowers: perianth white to light violet-purple, 1.5–2 cm, lobes longer than tube; anthers 2.5–3 mm; pedicel 1.5–3 cm. Capsules 1–1.5 cm. Seeds 6–9 mm.
Phenology: Flowering spring (Mar–Jun).
Habitat: Desert, arid scrub, dry sandy to rocky soil
Elevation: 100–1600 m
Ariz., Calif., Colo., Nev., N.Mex., Utah, Wyo.
Some populations of this species are threatened by off-road vehicle recreation.