Leaves. - Thin, lance-shaped, in a spreading cluster from the root. Scape. - Slender, two to three feet high. Flowers. - White, small, growing in a wand-like, spiked raceme. Perianth. - Six-cleft at the summit, oblong-tubular. Stamens. - Six. Pistil. - One, with style three-cleft at apex.

In summer we find these flowers in the grassy woods. The generic title is the Greek word for "a female slave who grinds corn," and refers to the mealy appearance of the blossoms.