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Perennial herb from a deep, dark brown, fibrous-scaly, nearly globe-shaped, bulb-like corm about 2 cm long; flowering stems erect, stout, 10-30 (40) cm tall, smooth.
Basal leaves withering before the flowers appear, 1 to 3, linear, somewhat rounded (crescent-shaped in cross-section), about as long as the stem, 2 mm wide, smooth, sheathing at the base, the margins entire; stem leaves lacking.
Inflorescence a loose, terminal umbel of 2 to 10, erect to spreading, unequally stalked flowers, above several bracts, the stalks stout, 2-10 cm long; flowers violet-purple, funnel-shaped to narrowly bell-shaped, of 6 fused segments, 2-4 cm long; corolla lobes in 2 petal-like whorls, lanceolate, longer than the tube, ascending, the tips curved down; fertile stamens 3, sterile stamens 3, curved; pistil 1, 3-chambered.
Capsules, egg-shaped, unstalked; seeds black.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia