Stems: viscid-pubescent with black glands, bearing two to four leaves near the base. Leaves: basal ones tufted. Flowers: terminal racemes oblong, the upper flowers opening first, becoming longer in fruit; invo-lucral bracts minute, united at the apices, borne just below the flower; perianth-segments oblong, obtuse, membranous. Fruit: seeds tailed at each end.
A traveller cannot pick the long spikes of tiny white blossoms which belong to this plant without at once recognizing its name by the exceedingly sticky and hairy nature of the stems. The Latin designation glutinosa exactly describes it. The Asphodel grows along the banks of streams and in wet places.
Tofieldia palustris, or Scottish Asphodel, has leafless stems and tufted leaves. The greenish-white flowers grow in a dense oblong cluster.
Tofieldia occidentalism or Western Asphodel, has a stout stem one to three feet high and long leaves. It is found in marshy places.