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Perennial herb from a rhizome; stems very leafy, 10-50 cm tall, simple to branched at base; glabrous to greyish-stiff-hairy, whitish bark peeling.
Linear to linear lanceolate, 2-6 cm long, mostly less than 5 (10) mm wide, entire to sharp-toothed, sometimes with 1 or more conspicuous toothlike lobes near base; gradually narrowed to stalks, 5-15 mm long.
Inflorescence of several to many, long-stalked, fragrant flowers in very leafy spikes, the buds nodding, opening in the evening; hypanthium 1.5-3.5 cm long, usually pink to purplish, glabrous to stiff-hairy, not glandular; petals egg-shaped, 1.5-3 cm long, tips rounded to notched, white, aging pinkish; sepals 1-2 cm long, mostly joined and turned to one side in flower; stamens about equalling petals in length, the anthers 6-10 mm long; styles about equalling the petals in length; stigma lobes 4, linear, 4-6 mm long.
Capsules, linear, 2-3 mm thick at the base, tapered to tip, usually arched upward, 1.5-3.5 cm long.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia