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General: Lily Family (Liliaceae). This perennial herbaceous plant reproduces both by black, rounded seeds and bulbs. The bulb has a brown fibrous outer coat and the bulb can become quite large--from 7-15 cm across. The leaves are linear and basal with strongly wavy margins. The leaves are 2-7 dm. long and shrink to scarious bracts in the flowering stage. The flowers open in the evening and the inflorescence is highly branched and can grow up to 3 m in height. The flowers are white with green or purple midveins, recurved at flowering. They have 6 stamens and a style that is 3-cleft at the apex.


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USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center

Source: USDA NRCS PLANTS Database

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