is a typically large and beautiful member of the genus; its bell-shaped flowers have three broad, rounded white (rarely pink, magenta or pale yellow) petals and three thin, shorter, greenish, pointed sepals. In the middle is a ring of fine greenish-yellow hairs, below a thin, circular band of purple, all centered on six large anthers and a three pronged stigma. Flowers are about 2 inches in diameter. The thin, bendy stalks bear a few grass-like leaves, and can branch a few times towards the top. Stem and leaves are hairless. Plants sprout from (edible) bulbs, usually deeply buried.Var gunnisonii
, by far the most common variant, has white or purplish petals, while var perpulcher
has pale yellow petals; this is found only in San Miguel and Mora counties, New Mexico.