Perennial tufted herb from a fibrous root; stems several, simple, flat, 2-winged, 10-30 cm tall.
Mostly basal, the blades few, linear, 10-30 cm long, 0.8-2 mm wide, sheathing, the margins entire, the tips long-pointed; stem leaves 1 or few at the nodes, similar to basal.
Inflorescence of 2 to 5 showy, nodding flowers on slender, smooth, 2- to 2.5-cm long stalks; flowers white to blue-violet, of 6 distinct, narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate segments, these similar, (0.7) 0.9-1.2 cm long, rounded, notched, abruptly bristle-tipped, the tubes slightly inflated below, 1-2 mm long; bracts 2, unequal, the outer one exceeding the flowers; filaments fused about 1/3 their length; anthers (1) 1.5-2.2 mm long, yellow.
Capsules, egg-shaped to globe-shaped, 3.5-5 mm long; seeds numerous, angled, black, 0.5-1.2 mm wide. vol6_6
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