This is the tallest of the Pyrolas, which at a distance resemble somewhat the flowers of the Lily of the Valley. The flower stalk rises from six to twenty inches from a perennial, creeping root. The shining, evergreen leaves spread from the base on long, narrowly margined stems. They are thick, round, or broadly oval, and often have obscurely toothed margins. From six to twenty delightfully fragrant, white, waxy flowers nod from the slender spike. The thick, rounding, white petals are rather spreading, and the calyx lobes are long and slender. The flower has ten stamens, and an extended, curving pistil. This plant blossoms during June and July in dry, open woods from Georgia and Ohio to Minnesota, and Canada.