Distribution: Occurring in scattered locations in Washington, chiefly in the Columbia River Gorge. Washington to Oregon, also in Idaho and Montana, widespread in eastern North America.
Habitat: Forest understory and edge, open slopes, often where disturbed.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial, scapose herbs from slender, branched rhizomes with upright buds, forming colonies, the scapes 1-3 dm. tall.
Leaves 2-3, basal, erect, oblong to widely elliptic, glabrous, 15-50 cm. long (including the petiole) and 2.5-13 cm. wide; petiole 4-30 cm.
Inflorescence a one-sided, 5- to 15-flowered, bracteate raceme 1-3 dm. tall; flowers nodding, fragrant; perianth globose-bell-shaped, white with prominent white mid-ribs, the 6 lobes short, recurved; pedicles 7-11 mm. long; stamens 6, included; ovary superior, 3-celled.
Berries orange-red, globose, pulpy, 1-5 seeded.