Native to Europe, but found in many continents, including in Canada, the southern United States, and Hawaii.
A cool season perennial that grows from a central bulb. Reproduction is from seeds and from underground bulbs. Plants can be common in open fields and wooded areas, as well as along roadsides.
The mature plants have numerous stems arising from a central point, with stems and leaves being somewhat thickened. Leaves are elongate and narrow, with a distinctly light-colored midrib. The large, conspicuous flowers are white with 6 petals that have a green stripe along the underside. The long stamens within the flower are very long and showy.
Characteristicts Important to Control:
Generally controlled with systemic herbicides that can control the underground parts of the plant.