Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 29: 154. 1942.
Herbs, perennial, robust, stoloniferous. Stems ascending, to 1 m. Leaves spirally arranged; blade oblong to lanceolate-oblong, 15–30 × 2.5–5cm (distal leaf blades much narrower than sheaths when sheaths opened, flattened), apex acuminate, glabrous. Inflorescences terminal, panicles to 30 cm or longer. Flowers fragrant, subsessile; petals white, lanceolate, 6 mm; stamens 6, long-exserted, connectives white, broad, flaglike; filaments glabrous; ovary 3-locular, stigma penicillate. Capsules 3-locular.
Phenology: Flowering late winter (Feb).
Habitat: Pinelands and hummocks
Introduced; Fla., native, Mexico.