Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 22: 479. 1887.
Bulbs slender, 40–55 mm. Leaves 10–25 cm; blade mottled with irregular streaks of brown or white, oblong to ovate, margins entire to ± wavy. Scape reddish, 12–30 cm. Inflorescences 1–4-flowered. Flowers: tepals violet to pink, darker at tips, dark purple at base, broadly lanceolate, 18–35 mm, inner with small auricles at base; stamens 10–14 mm; filaments violet-purple, linear, slender, less than 0.8 mm wide; anthers pale brown to purple; style violet, 6–8 mm; stigma unlobed or with lobes shorter than 1 mm. Capsules obovoid, 2–4 cm. 2n = 24.
Phenology: Flowering spring (Mar–Apr).
Habitat: Dry woods and forest openings
Elevation: 300–1600 m