in N. L. Britton et al., N. Amer. Fl. 22: 140. 1905,.
Plants solitary or in clumps, with bulbils on caudices, or rhizomatous. Leaves basal; petiole flattened, 2–5 cm; blade ovate, 2–7 cm, fleshy, base attenuate, margins serrate, rarely subentire, ciliate, surfaces hairy. Inflorescences 20+-flowered, (flowers often secund), open, lax thyrses with distant lateral branches, 15–30(–40) cm, purple-tipped stipitate-glandular. Flowers: sepals reflexed, sometimes spreading, triangular to ovate; petals white, not spotted, elliptic to oblong, clawed, 2.5–4.5 mm, longer than sepals; filaments linear, flattened; pistils connate to 1/2 their lengths; ovary 1/2+ inferior, appearing superior in fruit. Capsules purplish, folliclelike.
Phenology: Flowering winter–early spring.
Habitat: Shaded fields, rocky or unstable slopes, stream banks
Elevation: 0-1500 m
Calif., Oreg., Mexico (Baja California).