a perennial herb inhabiting damp places along valleys or forests in
mountainous regions. Radical leaves set themselves many in a rosette
way, each oblanceolate, 5-20cm in length, occasionally bearing
plantlets at their tips. Flower stalks to measure 5-20cm long,
setting some scale leaves on them. Stem tips deliver some oppressed
flowers, in a raceme way, facing sideways; perianth segments are
light red to dark red-purple, or rarely white, 1-1.5cm in length,
with swellings at their bases.
Stamens are six in number, and anthers six. The flower stalks
elongate themselves to 50-60cm in height. Bloom time: April-May.