Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California and Nevada, east to Montana and Utah.
Habitat: Shrub-steppe to mixed coniferous forests, from low to moderate elevations.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial herb from a small, scaly bulb and numerous rice-sized offset bulblets, the unbranched, glabrous stem 10-30 cm. tall.
Leaves 2-several, semi-whorled, linear, 3-16 cm. long and 3-12 mm. wide.
Flowers usually solitary, pendant, narrowly bell-shaped, yellow, often purplish-streaked near the base; tepals 6, oblong-lanceolate, distinct, 12-26 mm. long and 4-10 mm. broad, rounded; stamens 6, 2/3 as long as the perianth; style about as long as the perianth.
Erect cylindric capsule that narrows at base; initially green but turning brown during drying; when dried splits into three separate compartments, each bearing brown, flattened seeds.
Pendulous (hanging downward), narrowly bell-shaped, yellow flowers that produce upright, green, cylindirical capsules.