Family, Lily. Color, white or yellowish. A plant with many small, bell-shaped flowers terminating a tall, leafless scape, 2 or 3 feet high, in a narrow raceme often nearly a foot long. One or 2 bracts, longer than the pedicels, lie under each flower. Stamens, 6, on short filaments. Style, 1, 3-divided at the top. Leaves, thin, pale greenish yellow, lance-shaped, clustered at the root. July and August.
A special mealy look about the flowers has given this plant its name, aletris, meaning a slave grinding corn. Along roadsides, on the edges of dry woods, in sandy soil, this plant grows from New England to Florida and in the mountains of Virginia.