Muhlenbergia 6: 83. 1910.
Bulb scales: large 1–4; small 12–60. Stem 4–9 dm. Leaves in 1–3 whorls of 4–6 leaves per node proximally, alternate distally, 4.5–15 cm, usually shorter than inflorescence; blade linear to narrowly lanceolate; distal leaves usually ± equaling proximalmost leaf. Flowers nodding; tepals purplish to greenish white, sometimes faintly mottled, 1–2 cm, apex not recurved; nectaries greenish white, dotted purple, narrowly lanceolate, more than 1/3 but less than 1/2 tepal length; style obviously branched for 1/3–2/3 its length, branches strongly recurved, longer than 1.5 mm. Capsules broadly winged. 2n = 24.
Phenology: Flowering Apr–Jun.
Habitat: Dry benches and slopes to forest
Elevation: 300–1800 m