Bulb, with lanceolate, acute, closely appressed scales. Stems: slender. Leaves: in whorls, scattered above and below, narrowly lanceolate, sharply acuminate, thin, glabrous. Flowers: racemose, or in whorls on stout pedicels, six segments of the perianth revolute.
This western Lily somewhat resembles the Turk's-cap Lily, for its head is drooped and its floral leaves are revolute, or rolled backwards, being bright orange in colour and thickly spotted with purple on the inside. It has six very long stamens, which terminate in large, oblong, yellow anthers; the segments of the perianth are not clawed, as in the Mountain Lily, but are joined together at the base, forming a perfect bell.
As in all the species of Lilium, the bulb consists of a large number of overlapping scales, which are merely thickened, undeveloped leaves, serving as storehouses for the starchy wealth of the plant. Any one of these scales, if separated from the mass, will develop into a tiny bulb.
Very radiant are these clustered Western Lilies, which burn like torches in the green alpine meadows at "The time when lilies blow, And clouds are highest in the air."