This plant is native to the southwestern United States where it grows in the sandy soils of the Mojave Desert, the Great Basin and higher elevation deserts. It grows from a reddish-brown bulb one to one and a half centimeters wide. The stem is short and is surrounded by few coiled tubular leaves. Atop the stem is an inflorescence of up to 50 flowers. Each flower has six shiny, iridescent, sharply triangular tepals with dark midveins. The tepals are usually magenta to maroon but are lighter pink or white occasionally. Each flower is about a centimeter wide.
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