Perennial herb from a strong but slender rhizome; stems erect, 30-90 cm tall, branched, spreading-curly-hairy to nearly smooth.
Stem leaves alternate, several to many, broadly to narrowly egg-shaped, 4-12 cm long, unstalked, rounded to somewhat heart-shaped and somewhat clasping at the base, sparsely hairy below and smooth above, the margins mostly not fringed with hairs; basal leaves lacking.
Inflorescence of 1 to 3 (6), stalked flowers in clusters drooping from branch tips, the stalks sturdy and hairy; flowers whitish, cylindric, of 6 similar, distinct tepals, the tepals 15-28 mm long, lance-oblong, flaring slightly at the tips; stamens 6, shorter than the tepals; pistil 1, 3-chambered, the style hairy throughout.
Berries, broadly ellipsoid, orange to red, 12-15 mm long, smooth; seeds 5 to 9.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Disporum smithii (Hook.) Piper
Prosartes menziesii D. Don
Uvularia smithii Hook.