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Photo courtesy of Janet Sitas.

Sand lily

Scientific name
Leucocrinum montanum
Also Known As
Common starlily, Mountain lily, Star lily
Plant Family
Plant Group
Star-like white flowers with 6 petals that rise from the center of a clump of grass-like leaves. Can be up to 6 in tall and found in open areas and with mountain mahogany.
Identification Hints

This low plant has star-like white flowers with 6 petals that rise from the center of a clump of long, narrow, grass-like leaves. It can be up to 6 in tall and is normally found in dry grasslands, meadows, mountain mahogany or open areas. Sand lilies generally bloom between March and June. After they have finished flowering, the entire above-ground parts of the plant wither away. The seed pods develop below ground near the roots of this plant so they often go unnoticed.

Did You Know?

Sand lilies grow best in areas of full sun, such as prairies and meadows. The roots of this plant are edible and have been also been used to make a poultice for reduced swelling of wounds. This plant is the only species in the genus Leucocrinum.

States
AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OR, SD, UT, WY