Short-rhizomatous, fibrous-rooted, glabrous perennials. Stems erect, 10–40 cm, naked below. Leaves (bracts) 3, sessile, whorled at the stem tip, 3–13 cm long, broadly ovate, acuminate. Inflorescence a solitary, terminal flower; pedicel 15–60 mm long. Flower regular, star-shaped; sepals green, narrowly lanceolate, 15–35 mm long; petals white or pinkish, fading to pink or reddish, separate, 25–40 mm; stamens shorter than petals; anthers yellow; style 3-lobed. Fruit a broadly ovoid, 3-winged, many-seeded capsule, 12–25 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX
; Hichcock and Cronquist 1973)
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus ternarius
(Colla and Dumesh 2010).