Herbs perennial, bulbiferous. Leaves basal, sessile, linear or ligulate. Flowering stem solid. Inflorescences umbellate, 1- to many flowered; involucres 2. Pedicel often short. Perianth subfunnelform; lobes 6, spreading, lanceolate or linear. Stamens inserted at throat of perianth tube; filaments connate into a cup for most of their length but apically free; anthers versatile, linear. Ovary with many ovules. Style filiform; stigma capitate, sometimes somewhat 3-lobed to -branched, small. Fruit a capsule, 3-valved, loculicidal. Seeds black, angular.
Moderately large scapose herbs with tunicated bulbs and rather fleshy basal leaves; inflorescence scapose, umbelliform, involucrate, bearing few to several showy sessile flowers; perianth salverform, with a very narrow tube and six spread- ing narrowly linear lobes; stamens inserted on the margin of a very conspicuous turbinate corona, the free portion of the filaments long and very slender; anthers linear, versatile; ovary inferior, 3-celled; fruit a fairly large, tardily dehiscent capsule.