Distribution: Widely distributed throughout the forest and mountainous areas of Washington; Alaska south to California, east to the northern Rocky Mountains; eastern North America from Alabama to Newfoundland.
Habitat: Moist meadows and woodlands, lowlands to subalpine.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Tall perennial herbs from thick rhizomes, the unbranched stems glabrous below and white-woolly above, 1-2 m. tall.
Leaves numerous, alternate, cauline, oblong-elliptic, up to 35 cm. long and nearly as broad.
Inflorescence a loose, open panicle, 3-7 dm. long, the lower branches distinctly drooping; pedicels 2-3 mm. long; perianth yellow-green to deep green, saucer-shaped; tepals 6, distinct, narrowly oblong-lanceolate, 6-10 mm. long, serrulate, woolly on the outside, with a short, broad claw; stamens 6, as long as the tepals.
Capsule 2-3 cm. long, glabrous, tipped with the persistent styles.