("bird's milk," from color of flowers). Family, Lily. Leaves, long, narrow, 1-ribbed, grass-like, fleshy, equal to or longer than the flower-stems. A pretty pure white flower, with 6 spreading sepals, opening in sunshine, green in the middle on the under side. Flowers pedicelled, each with a bract, clustered on the summit of the scape, 5 to 12 inches high. The root is a coated bulb. May and June.
Escaped from gardens, and found wild; quite common from Massachusetts to Virginia, in grassy lawns, side by side with the grape hyacinth.
0. nutans has flowers in nodding racemes, with stout pedicels and narrow, pointed bracts. A garden species found wild in eastern Pennsylvania.