Plants solitary or in clumps, with bulbils on caudices. Leaves basal; petiole flattened, 1-3 cm; blade broadly ovate to oblong, 1.5-3 cm, ± leathery, base ± abruptly attenuate, margins subentire to slightly crenate, eciliate, surfaces glabrate to sparsely hairy. Inflorescences 20+-flowered, branched, ± capitate thyrses, 10-15 cm, hairy, sometimes purple-tipped stipitate-glandular. Flowers: sepals erect, ovate; petals white, not spotted, ± obovate, clawed, 2-3.5 mm, ± equaling sepals; filaments linear, flattened; pistils 3+, connate to 1/2 their lengths; ovary 1/2+ inferior, appearing more superior in fruit. Capsules reddish to purplish, valvate.
Flowering late winter-spring. Sandy flats, rocky, open, wooded areas, granite outcrops; 50-500 m; Ark., Ga., Kans., La., Mo., Okla., Tex.